It’s rare – very rare – that our reviews could start and finish with the cheapest item, but Craghoppers’ new Pro-Lite really does give you the whole story of a soft shell jacket in a nutshell. It’s lightweight, sharply-cut, very breathable and completely windproof. It works up a mountain, in a country park and on the high street, and it looks good in all three landscapes too. It’s part of a new mini-range called Pro-Lite, in which the complete outfit of jacket, fleece, trousers and base-layer weigh in at less than 1kg. That implies this might be a rather skimpy jacket for emergencies only, but it’s no such thing: it really is a fully-functioning item for all-day use. Plus you get luxuries like handwarmer pockets, a good-sized chest pocket and an internal pocket. It isn’t as water-repellent as some of the more advanced jackets on the market but in all other respects, this is pretty much the definition of a good soft shell jacket.
Colours: Navy, black
Women’s version: Fleece only
Contact: 0844 811 1022
Well-featured, practical, adaptable and good-looking, at a price that is too good to resist.
Originally reviewed by Nick Hallissey in Country Walking April 2015