This jacket’s 2.5-layer fabric bonds a stretch face fabric with Craghoppers’ AquaDry water-repellent finish. It has a tough, soft, shell-like appearance, but don’t let this fool you into thinking it’s as breathable as one! Inside, the fabric has a plasticky feel that can be quite clammy against bare skin. The stretch fabric gives great freedom of movement, though, and overall it’s a nice jacket to walk in. It’s got a high collar, although unfortunately it’s rather stiff and chafes cold skin. The zip-off hood is a decent size with plenty of adjustment, although the peak is too floppy to work well in heavy rain. The two hip pockets are difficult to access when wearing a pack, but it does have a useful chest pocket for valuables.
Men’s version: Yes (Iguazo)
Contact: 0161 749 1300; www.craghoppers.com
Review from Country Walking magazine, May 2012