Mammut Trovat Tour HS Jacket Review
Tryfan Williams navigates a wet July in Snowdonia and brings us the Mammut Trovat Tour HS Jacket Review.
What they say
With the Trovat Tour HS you are well-protected when walking and traveling. The comfortable 2-layer DRYtech jacket can be adapted to whatever activity you want thanks to the three-way adjustable and detachable hood. The adjustable hem also provides additional comfort.
On first appearance out of the plastic packaging I really liked it, it has a simple clean lined monotone look. The marine colour very inoffensive with it’s matte surface finish, unlike a lot of bold designs out in the market at the moment.
Unfortunately after over a month of wearing it has slightly lost it’s appeal, but then is that a fair comment? After all this is a tour jacket, it’s designed to suit the walker and the traveller. Indeed because of the inoffensive look I’ve been happily wearing this on my commutes and to bushiness meetings, which is not something I would want to do in a flashy bold lime green jacket.
The Mammut site seems to offer the Trovat Tour HS Jacket in three colour options, graphite, lava or marine, the later of which we reviewed here, in a large for men. It seems there is also a women’s carnation, which according to the web comes in the same colour options.
Employing a Drytech™ 2-layer system, the Mammut Trovat Tour HS Jacket is made up of a polyamide outer and polyurethane membrane which gives a 10,000 mm water column and 15,000 g/m²/24h vapor permeability. Does this mean it keeps you dry? Why yes of course, the tech is designed to withstand rain, vapour and wind, all of which it withstood in a constant downpour while on a decent of Snowdon last week. I’d of liked to test it further in similar, or better still worse conditions, but the rain in Snowdonia has been rather slow this summer!
Simple in look and function, it has the expected practical features. The hood is stowable and has three point adjustment, which served well in windy conditions. As well as an adjustable hem width, though not sure who’d employ this with such a snug fitting jacket. Two zipped side hand pockets, and a single Velcro inner pocket gives plenty of carry options. As well as a splash-proof 2 way full front zipper, that also had a very handy and clean cover held down by Velcro tabs and a top and bottom button.
With over a month of consistent use on mountain walks, coastal strolls and commuting to work the Mammut Trovat Tour HS Jacket has caused me no discomfort. In fact it has been a pleasure to wear, and that’s not usually the case for me as I’m quite slim in the upper body trunk, with wider shoulders and long arms.
The sleeves were sufficiently long, with Velcro cuffs offering that adjustability to keep the rain out. The snugness of fit around my slim trunk can of course be a downside for those readers that are of a bulkier build, so be weary.
I did come across a perennial issue for outdoor jackets it seems, the access to the two zipped side hand pockets. Placement of these pockets were no problem at all if wearing with my usual commuting rucksack, but when out walking with a larger pack that had hip straps, access was not so easy.
While we’re griping, an inner pocket is always welcome, but if we’re getting one we would offer an improvement and have it with a zip rather than single Velcro tab, just for that piece of mind. Last thing you want to be thinking of on a walk is if those house keys are still in your possession, or have fallen out on k 5 of 2o!
I can’t see myself relying on it for consistent mountain hiking in very wet weather, for this you’d need to look at it’s big brother, the Mammut Trovat Guide HS Hooded Jacket. But at over double the price, it seems a serious piece of kit and deserves a whole review of it’s own!
The Mammut Trovat Tour HS Jacket is for those looking for a clean smart looking, practical and multipurpose jacket, ideal for walkers and travellers alike. A light and reliable option to pack away in the rucksack on those mountain hiking days on which you may encounter wet weather.