REVIEW: Regatta Men’s Birchdale Waterproof Jacket

What is it? Regatta Men’s Birchdale Waterproof Jacket (RRP £100)

I want it because: With its waterproof and breathable Isotex 10000 100% polyester stretch fabric this shell jacket is light and breathable yet completely waterproof so it’s perfect for summer showers.

Useful for: It’s a good summer all-rounder so I keep this jacket in my car because it takes us so little space but will cope with just about any wind or rain. It’s also particularly useful to stick in your rucksack on a walk if there’s any chance of rain.

High point: For a mid-range product it has a surprising number of bells and whistles. The taped seams, peaked hood, multiple adjustors, adjustable cuffs, articulated sleeves (to allow greater movement), and multiple zipped pockets (including an internal map pocket) all belong in a higher price bracket.

Low point: I’d like it to be slightly longer so I can sit down without getting a soppy derriere.