Waterproof jackets don’t need to break the bank. Gear editor Chris Townsend assess the best budget waterproofs. On test Didriksons Meduna waterproof jacket

Like most of the jackets tested the Didriksons Meduna is a mix of good and not-so-good points. The hood manages to have both. It has a large wired and stiffened peak and gives excellent protection. However it only has two adjusters, both on the back of the hood. One is a Velcro tab that adjusts the volume. The other is a drawcord with toggle for pulling the hood around the face. I found the last awkward and fiddly to use, especially with cold hands, and would much rather have the usual pair of front cords. The pockets are quite roomy and only the very bottom is cut off by a hipbelt. They’re not big enough for maps but the inner chest pocket is though you have to unzip the jacket to access it. The pockets are made of smooth fabric not mesh and have large stiff flaps over them so they’re not that useful for ventilation. The cuffs are wide enough to be used for ventilation, unlike those on most of the jackets tested.

The fabric is comfortable but stiffer and heavier than most, making this jacket very suitable for winter storms. Not a bad jacket then. I just wish I could get on with the hood adjustment.

Reviewed in May 2015 Issue