The Twitterati amongst you will have gathered that I received delivery of an OMM Cypher Smock this week. The reason for moving quickly was that I spotted that it was selling for £128 against a RRP of £190 at Ultimate Outdoors. I’m grateful to Maz for his initial review and subsequent trip review. These gave me some confidence that I wasn’t buying a lemon, but also persuaded me to buy a size Large rather than Medium. This was the right choice as I think Medium might have been a shade tight for layering. Looks like I got the last Large in black 🙂 .
The sleeves are long enough to pull over my hands. While I’m not 100% happy with elasticated wrists, ones with thumb loops are not too bad. The fit is on the slim side, but fits over a fleece or my Velez Adventure Light. In fact it works quite well with the VAL, although it might be quite warm. The hood is excellent. The peak is both wired and stiffened and the volume adjuster ensures a perfect fit.
While the material is quite thin, it doesn’t feel flimsy. I was slightly disappointed that it is a bit crackly. I like the long two-way chest zip, good for getting on and off and venting. The pocket is large enough for a few bits and pieces like snack bars or compass. The lack of seams is very impressive. It weighs 260g and folds down small. It’s not quite as compact as the Montane Minimus jacket that I have (which is a great design), but I think three layer fabrics are better than two layer at coping with sweat. Moisture is less obvious as it is hidden by the inner scrim fabric.
As I’ve discussed before, I’ve bought this to give me an extra option for the TGO Challenge. I doubt whether I’ll get an opportunity to use it for a while, but my other eVent jacket (Montane Quickfire) is very good, so I’m confident that it will be good.