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Ronhill Women’s Trail Vertex Jacket review

12-Jul-16

Last updated: 16-Aug-18

By Alice Morrison

This is a lightweight jacket, to be used for wind resistance and to offer protection from the winds. I tried it out in mountain conditions. The weather was sunny but with high, keen winds on the ridge, so I got the chance to use the jacket going from warm to cold.

Features

  • PrimaLoft® Silver Insulation - Premium performance insulation engineered for superior warmth and water resistance
  • Microfleece - Warm, lightweight and soft against the skin
  • 100% Polyamide
  • DWR Treated Provides protection against light precipitation
  • Zip Pockets - For secure storage for small items and added warmth to the hands
  • Fibre Content:
    • Main: 100% Polyamide
    • Contrast: 79% Polyester, 21% Polyurethane
    • Filling: 100% Polyester
  • UK Retail price £59.99

PROS: What’s good about the Vertex Jacket

As I mentioned, I was running from hot into cold weather and the thing that I really liked about this jacket is that it performed very well in the high winds. I really was kept warm, so it does what it says on the tin.

The jacket is designed with two different materials – the main body front and back is lightly quilted and then there are stretch panels at both sides and down the back and the sleeves are also made from the polyurethane/polyester mix. This meant that the jacket moved with me very well and although it was a very snug fit, it didn’t feel constricted.

The inside of the collar is fleece lined so there is no scratching and there is a cover over the zip to protect the neck.

The sleeves come with thumb holes so you can keep your hands protected.

There are two side pockets which are big enough to store keys, a phone and a couple of gels.

I liked the colours – fuchsia and black, contrasted with neon yellow stitching and zip. It is a good looking jacket.

CONS: What is not so good about the Vertex Jacket

It is definitely a snug fit and I found it a tiny bit short at the back particularly. I like something a bit longer. So, definitely don’t skimp on your size and if you are between two sizes, go up to the bigger one.

A back pocket or a chest pocket would be handy. I found it a little bit annoying having to put all my bits into the two side pockets and bulging them out.

I would also have liked to see a bit more reflective detailing on the jacket, just to ensure visibility on those darker night runs.

CONCLUSION

A nicely-designed, snug jacket that is highly wind-resistant and keeps you warm even on exposed ridges. It looks good too with nice details like contrasting stitching and zip. The stretchy panels and sleeves make for ease of movement and a comfortable run. I would use this for spring and summer runs where you will be moving between different temperatures.

Score  
Design 8/10
Features 7/10
Performance 7/10
Value 8/10
Total 7.5/10


Other jackets you may want to consider:

Gore Mythos
Montane Light Speed Jacket
Montane Featherlight Trail Jacket

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