Rohan Review – Rohan Elite Waterproofs by Alan Ward

Alan Ward Elite Jacket Review

REVIEW – Elite Waterproofs by Rohan Designs by Alan Ward

First published on LinkedIn 14th September 2017

GEAR REVIEW BY ALAN WARD (IML) of Elite Waterproofs by Rohan Designs

As an International Mountain Leader I’m fortunate enough to work in the UK and often, on interesting overseas assignments such as those featured in Rohan Travel Stories:

Mountains of Eastern Java



NORWAY – D of E Assignment in June

On Saturday 19th August a friend of mine advised me that an IML was needed the same day to assist a Gold D of E group in the Norwegian mountain as their leader (IML) had become ill. By 1430 I was formally asked to go by the company in question and was on the 1735 KLM flight out of Cardiff to Bergen via Amsterdam. I use this flight fairly often on my global travels so know of the flight schedules and find using my local airport very convenient and onwards via the KLM hub in Schiphol, Amsterdam.

Having only 3 hours to pack and get to the airport was somewhat of a rush so it was a case of filling two kitbags with a range of clothing and equipment for the trip for which I had scant details of what I’d be doing over in the Norwegian Mountains. Being August and know I should expect rain I chose Rohan’s Elite Jacket and Elite Overtrousers for lightweight but effective weather protection on a backpacking trip where weight is an important factor.

The Elite Jacket is Rohan’s lightest 3-layer waterproof and highly engineered to provide excellent protection from the elements and it proved to be an excellent choice for Norway in August. With the Elite Overtrousers I had probably the lightest set of quality waterproofs in the world – just what I needed!

What I liked most about the Elite Jacket was the really functional and protective hood and good sized outer pockets. There is an inner pocket which is good sized and also acts as a Packpocket™ making the jacket small and compact for storage and transportation. The hem and sleeve cuffs are also adjustable to allow you fine tuning for the fit and limit any wind-chill. My only criticism is the zip is a bit fiddly to get started and I’m still finding it takes a couple of attempts to zip up the jacket.

The Elite Overtrousers feature full length zips to enable them to be put on quickly and efficiently when sudden rain starts and adjustable hem and waist adjustment allows for close weather protection. The Packpocket™ again allows for compact storage of these overtrousers in a rucksack just like the Elite Jacket.

This set of waterproofs performed admirably on a two day backpacking trip in Norway in variable weather conditions and even carrying a heavy rucksack I found the breathability qualities of the fabric to be excellent and remained dry throughout the trip.



Rohan’s Barricade™ waterproof fabric achieves an initial Hydrostatic Head (waterproofness rating) of 20,000 and a Moisture Vapour Transmission rating for breathability of 20,000 g/m2/24h – a very balanced position.

A further Durable Water Repellency™ finish boosts water repellency of the fabric surface and maintains 80% of its effectiveness after twenty washes.

CONCLUSION – I’m happy to recommend the Elite Jacket and Overtrousers based on my experiences with them in Norway.

Alan Ward – International Mountain Leader



Rohan Heritage


  1. Are “full length zips” all the way to the top, including through the waistband, so you can put them on wearing skis, of are they *almost* all the way to the top? (which it looks like in the pics, but hard to be certain)

    • Hi Peter,

      The leg zips on the Elite Overtrousers do not go through the waistband but extend to about six inches from the top to make getting the overtrousers on and off over boots much simpler.

      All the best.

      • Easier over boots, but not skis… sadly, a deal breaker for me. If Rohan can go the extra 6 inches for the next revision they might have a sale as my current overtrousers are starting to suffer a bit.

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