A very useful, long-cut waterproof jacket for everyday tasks when you’re likely to encounter rain, and some low-level adventuring on the side.
Clammy on bare skin
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Made for dog walks, the woods and urban exploring, the Stio Rollick Trench is a fully seam-sealed waterproof/breathable, matte-finish jacket that seals out rain, sleet, and drizzle. The fixed, adjustable hood stows in the collar to keep the jacket’s lines clean.
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It’s cut mid-thigh, so no rain pants are required. In addition to two handwarmer pockets, this jacket has a right hip pocket big enough to hold a phone. Snaps at the top and bottom of the zipper keep it from creeping open when you want it closed.
• Price: $189 (US) / £190 (UK)
• Sizes: XS–XL
• Weight: 397g / 14oz
• Waterproofing Technology: PeakProof
• Colors: Mountain Shadow / Moondust / Trout Time
In the field
A jacket that’s up for more mundane adventures – like buying groceries for a big backpacking trip or walking the dog – Stio’s Rollick trench has technical features appropriate to its intended use. I especially appreciated the two-way zip that gave me full-stride mobility. When I was chasing my dog through the woods, I unzipped it from the bottom to make walking easier.
This jacket doesn’t have a waterproof zipper, but it doesn’t need one. A zipper storm flap kept the rain out, and a grosgrain ribbon along the zipper gave it structure for easy operation.
I stored my phone in the hip pocket, so I never feared dropping it when I was fishing for dog treats, Kleenex, or snacks out of my handwarmer pockets, or just using them to keep my hands warm.
But it was the long cut of this jacket I loved best. It covered me to mid-thigh, keeping my jeans from getting soaked when I wasn’t wearing rain pants. The printed membrane was ‘dry touch’ but still felt clammier on my skin than other jackets.
Vermont-based writer, photographer and adventurer, Berne reports on hiking, biking, skiing, overlanding, travel, climbing and kayaking for category-leading publications in the U.S., Europe and beyond. In the field, she’s been asked to deliver a herd of llamas to a Bolivian mountaintop corral, had first fat-biking descents in Alaska, helped establish East Greenland’s first sport climbing and biked the length of Jordan. She’s worked to help brands clean up their materials and manufacturing, and has had guns pulled on her in at least three continents.