My mum feels the cold like some Spanish Exchange Students on the day they land at Heathrow. You know, where you see them in their shorts and T-shirts, huddled together for warmth with goosebumps like the Himalayas and teeth chattering like maracas. My mum could be like that on a warm summer’s day.
So when we were asked by Outdoor Look to choose a jacket to test, I thought of my mum and chose Regatta’s nifty 3-in-1 Miya jacket which combines waterproof raincoat and snuggly fleece (each of which is wearable on its own).
Her first comment was that as a size 12, it was on the large side. There would be ample room under the jacket for more layers in winter, but it was a bit loose-fitting, so bear that in mind if you’re ordering online.
The feel of the jacket is soft, not shiny, and it’s coated with a durable waterproofer so rain beads and runs right off. It’s been tested in typical Welsh fine rain and stood up very well during the day.
The inner fleece jacket is made from a 200-weight (medium warm) non-pilling fleece, so it should retain its air-trapping insulation properties well. It’s completely removable from the outer jacket via two chunky zips which work excellently. It’s not fiddly at all. The fleece itself has two external zippered pocket, but lacks and zips on the internal pockets, which feels a bit insecure if you want to stash a phone or wallet in them when they form the inner pockets of the jacket combo.
The fleece on its own looks great, with a slightly sculpted shape and simple finish.
The outer jacket is a decent raincoat on its own. It has large zippered hand-warming pockets and a stowable hood for the rainiest days. The main zip is a very good chunky number, with a Velcro rainflap to keep it dry.
Despite being a little on the large side for its sizing, the jacket has Velcro stormcuffs, a bungee waistband and snug-fitting collar to keep the weather out, so it works well.
My Mum felt that the length of the Miya was a little odd. It neither came down over her bum, not sat above it, so it was a bit of a half-way house. It would, however, cover the top of any waterproof trousers.
Most importantly though, she said she was warm, which is a huge accolade to the Regatta Miya. The fleece did its job of trapping warm air near the body, and the jacket kept the wind and rain from blowing that heat away.
Finish of the jacket seemed to be quite good. The sewn seams were all tidy, the zippers ran true and the detailing was subtle, and neat.
The Miya is an everyday coat. It’s not designed for mountain walking, expeditions, cycling or climbing, but it’d be perfect for dog-walking, romantic promenades of rainy beaches and lurking down the docks… like my mum seems to have been doing.
SUMMARY: The Regatta Miya is a nice everyday raincoat for those that need a little more warmth. It is also quite a cunning purchase for anyone looking for a bit of adaptability, due to its removable fleece liner. At the original price of £60 it would have been good value. At the lower price of £37 it’s a bit of a bargain.