This waterproof jacket from Craghoppers has a fine contemporary design. The body length is slightly shorter than most, but the high, fleece-lined collar is extremely snug and comfortable, and the adjustable hood is excellent too, with a good wired peak. For a lower priced product, the Shadow performs pretty well. It keeps you dry and, while not quite as breathable as some, the fully adjustable cuffs and hem help keep you warm and comfortable on the hill. There is a useful choice of pockets, including two large ones inside. However, the handwarmer pockets are a little low to reach with a rucksack on.
Verdict: A well designed, fairly priced waterproof that looks good both on and off the hill. Not as breathable as some, but comes with many excellent features and, at only 575g, packs away easily too.
Colours: French blue, coulis (bright pink)
Fabric: Craghoppers Aquadry
Main features: Map pocket, taped seams, wired hood, fully adjustable hood, waterproof zips, moulded rubber cuff adjusters, waist/hem drawcords
Men’s version: No
Contact: 0870 220 6604; www.craghoppers.com