Crux Torq 2008

The Crux Torq is a very lightweight winter jacket that’s made of 3-layer eVent fabric, so it has top-end levels of waterproofness and breathability, and you will hardly notice it in your pack. The fabric felt nice and robust but also soft to the touch and ideal for fending off a winter storm. The design is very functional, having just a pair of chest pockets  and a massively chunky front zip that is very easy to use, thanks to its size. The hood is designed to fit over a helmet and also benefits from face and volume adjusters. Movement in the sleeves was excellent, and ideal for climbing or mountaineering. The jacket is shorter than some, but you do get a scooped tail to add some protection at the back. So a lot of good features for the more mountaineering-orientated user. But the Crux Torq’s hood movement was not as good as some other jackets here. The main zip does not get a stormflap, so it may not be as waterproof as a zip with a double stormflap. You don’t get pit zips for venting either. So in wet, windy weather other jackets may have the edge. There’s no women’s model either.

Outer: 3-layer eVent
Inner: none
Fabric waterproofness: extremely waterproof
Fabric breathability: extremely breathable
Sizes: S-XL
Weight: 428g (L)
Made in: Far East
Stores in the UK: 40

Verdict: The Crux Torq is a reasonable mountaineering jacket, but the hood and front zip could be better for walking into driving wind and rain.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2008