Criterion Activity (2017)

Features

Many winter walkers need a cosy layer they can stash in their packs and throw on as needed, and the Criterion Activity fulfils that brief well. It uses 850+ fill power down so it is reasonably warm, but it’s also exceptionally light as this is combined with a Pertex Quantum shell. The hood has drawcords, and you get two zipped pockets. It’s not the very warmest though. 4/5

Fit

The Criterion Activity only comes in men’s sizes S-XL. The size L did fit me well, though, being close-fitting but not restrictive. The cuffs are elasticated but don’t have additional Velcro tabs. The hem has no drawcord either. The hood is exceptional, however, with just one rear cord pulling it closer to the head, where it fits closely and moves effortlessly. 4/5

Comfort

Not the warmest, but it feels very comfortable. Down does provide good insulation without obvious cold spots and it is certainly suitable for general winter use by walkers and campers. Hem and cuff adjustment would be better to lock out draughts, though; and some other jackets have a nice soft brushed area at the chin, which the Criterion Activity lacks. 3/5

In use

The Criterion Activity is designed for the more active user, and to that end it works well. It is light and compact so you can easily store it in a rucksack. The insulation and features are good for when you throw this on for a summit brew or when camping. However others have the benefit of more a water-resistant down or shell, plus more durable but heavier fabrics. Great for most hillwalkers, but you may need extra layers for the coldest winter weather. 4/5

Value

The price is exceptional for what you get, as this is an 850 fill power down with Pertex Quantum shell, which makes it very lightweight. 5/5

Verdict

The Criterion Activity is specialist kit for the keener mountain-goer. Exceptionally light and well-priced; not the warmest. It won Trail’s ‘Approved’ award. 4.0/5

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine February 2017