Craghoppers Pro-Lite (2015)

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.

Specification

Weight: 422g

Fabric: Polyester/elastane

Colours: Navy, black

Women’s version: Fleece only

Contact: 0844 811 1022

www.craghoppers.com

Verdict

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

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Craghoppers Track (2013)

A top-notch value-for-money soft shell that features a warm, fleecy backed fabric that offers a fair bit of insulation and does a good job of keeping drizzle at bay. It’s got plenty of stretch in it, which makes it very comfortable and easy to move in and it’s also got Velcro adjustment at the cuffs and a drawcord at the hem. The two hardwarmer pockets are a good size and a map will tuck down behind the lining on the inside – useful when wearing it as a shell. The collar is high and snug, so comfy and warm. Looks good too.

Sizes: S-XXL
Fabric: Polyester/elastane
Weight: 505g
Women’s version: Yes, Nuka
Contact: 0161 749 1300; www.craghoppers.com

Published in Country Walking magazine, April 2013


Craghoppers Risor Half-Zip (2012)

A fleece for walkers who don’t want to be seen in a fleece. Has the feel of a comfy pullover, but is still highly practical. The outer fabric feels a bit more like thick wool than fleece, which makes it a little more resilient to abrasion and resists the dreading pilling of the fabric over time. The inner fabric retains its fleecey softness, though, and is pleasant against the skin. Even the pockets are lined with fleece material on the inside to boost comfort levels. It sits somewhere in the middle in terms of weight and thickness, and as such offers good insulation. The pullover design helps to trap in more warmth too. The pockets are very comfy, and their zips are small and unobtrusive.

Sizes: S-XXL

Fabric: Polyester knit-look microfleece

Weight: 555g

Women’s version: No

Contact: 0844 81111022 www.craghoppers.com

Review from Country Walking magazine, February 2012.


Craghoppers Nuka

The Nuka is a smart looking jacket with a thick fleece lining throughout. This makes it heavier than the some women’s jackets, but warmer, and very comfortable against the skin. It’s cut quite short, which is great for easy movement, and the fit is quite small – be aware before buying. It’s got a nice high,fleece-lined collar to trap warmth, which feels great against your neck and chin. The two handwarmer pockets are fleece-lined, but don’t double up as vents, and are also fairly small. Out in the hills it performed well, with reassuringly tough polyester fabric that breathed well and repelled water easily. The cuffs aren’t adjustable, but the stretch in the fabric allows them to trap warmth, and pull up with relative ease.

VITAL STATS
Sizes:
8-20
Fabric: SmartDry polyester
Weight (tested size): 430g
Men’s version: No
Contact: 0844 811 1022; www.craghoppers.com


Craghoppers Miska

A very light fleece and a really comfortable one too, with a luxurious microfleece finish that feels soft against the skin. There’s plenty of stretch in the fabric and it has a lovely high collar to bury your face into, plus decent-length arms that won’t expose cold flesh when reaching forward or upwards. In the hills, it’s an excellent low-bulk mid-layer, but it also stuffs away easily inside a pack when it’s not needed. It washes easily and dries quickly, and the fabric took a fair amount of wear before it started to pill. It’s let down by having no drawcord in the hem, but it does boast two large zip access handwarmer pockets and it comes with a  lifetime guarantee, making it excellent value for money.

Sizes: 8-20
Fabric: Polyester microfleece
Weight: 280
Men’s version available? No
Features: Lifetime guarantee, fast-drying
Contact: 0844 8111022; www.craghoppers.com


Craghoppers Icefield 2011

The Craghoppers Icefield weighs 522g (size L); 600 fill power down; two zipped hip pockets; huge internal pocket that jacket can be stashed into; good wide anti-snag baffle on the main zip; reflective collar trim. But no hood; no cuff adjustment; no cosy soft brushed lining to the collar; not quite warm enough for sitting around on winter mountains.

The Craghoppers Icefield is okay for milder winter conditions but has no hood so more of a valley garment than a mountain garment.

First published in Trail magazine February 2011

 


Craghoppers Kruxx

Made from an excellent super-stretchy fabric with a different, lightweight feel to it, the Kruxx uses SmartDry Nano fabric which is so light and breathable that it doesn’t really need any venting, although that does mean that it can get a bit chilly. Conversely, it will work well as a mid-layer too. There’s no external storm flap on the main zip, but wind is baffled by an inner one. The arms are pre-moulded for form as well as function. The collar kept the worst of the weather out but there’s no adjustment.

VITAL STATS
Sizes: S-XXL
Fabric: SmartDry Nano polyamide supplex spandex
Weight: 450g
Women’s version: Yes
Contact: 0844 811 1022; www.craghoppers.com


Craghoppers Nosquito 2010

The Craghoppers Nosquito is a cracking shirt that looks better than the majority of clothing aimed at the travel market. Made from ‘Nosquito’ material, it is designed to ward off bugs and with good venting on the back it should keep you cool. It has a sun protection factor (SPF ) of 40 and one hidden  internal zipped pocket that will take a passport.

Verdict
The best long-sleeved shirt in our review.

Review by Matt Swaine
First published in Trail magazine April 2010


Craghoppers Nosquito Susi 2010

The Craghoppers Nosquito Susi is a very flattering shirt made of cotton: not ideal for a long day’s walking but the kind of thing I’d like to have in my pack for an evening exploring. There’s an internal zipped pocket at the chest and loops inside so you can hang it up to dry. No extra venting so although this is cool, it isn’t as practical for walkers as others on test here.

Review by Clare Savage
First published in Trail magazine April 2010


Craghoppers Corey

Review A little baggy, making it better worn over a base-layer, and it also has baggy fleece cuffs. The collar is spot on, though, and the drawcord hem aids insulation. This lacks the versatility of half-zip options, but is great as a mid or outer-layer, thanks to good zipped pockets and space for a map.

VITAL STATS
Colours: Mouse brown, brick red, black, dark navy, shark
Sizes: S-XXL
Fabric: 100% polyester microfleece
Women’s version: Miska

Contact: 0870 220 6601
www.craghoppers.comVerdict
A well-featured, warm and cosy full-zip fleece that makes a better mid-layer or outer garment than a base-layer. Comes at a good price, too.