Craghoppers Hsuki (2013)

The Craghoppers Hsuki is made from a very soft and slightly stretchy fabric with a loose mesh lining, which makes it instantly more comfortable to wear than many waterproof jackets in our test. Like many jackets it is a little short and the two hip pockets are easily obscured when wearing a rucksack, so it could be much better. But you do get two Napoleon chest pockets that are map-sized and very useful when hillwalking for maps, guidebooks or a GPS receiver. There are pit zips too in case you should overheat. The main zip isn’t protected on the outside by a stormflap but it is a water-resistant zip and there’s an internal flap to funnel leaks away. The zip-off hood fits well and moves well with the head. The peak is stiffened but not wired, although it still provides a good degree of protection. A nice addition is the brushed lining to the collar, which further adds to the comfort – and all that for £120 is a good deal.
But it is a bit heavy.
 

Weight 661g (size L)
Fabric Aquadry polyester ripstop
Lining mesh
Men’s sizes S-XXL
Women’s sizes none
External pockets 4
Wired hood no
Side/pit zips yes
Website www.craghoppers.com

 

Verdict

The Craghoppers Hsuki is a good hillwalking jacket at a good price that’s particularly comfortable, but some others have better-designed features.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine Spring 2013