The Crystalline is one of the lightest jackets ou there, but for £170, does it do what it’s designed to do? The fabric feels extremely flimsy, but it is waterproof; and it survived a few tough days in the hills with no sign of tearing. It’s also soft, doesn’t rustle badly when you walk, and is surprisingly breathable, too. The hood is excellent – nice and deep for women with long hair – and the high collar does a great job of trapping in warmth and stopping rain trickling down your neck. The hood is easily adjusted via two bungee cords under the chin, and a Velcro tab at the back. It even manages to swivel fairly well with head movement. There are two decent-sized handwarmer pockets (although they’re not mesh-lined for venting), Velcro adjustable cuffs and a drawcord at the hem.
Sizes: XS- XL
Fabric: MemBrain® Strata™
Men’s version: No
Contact: 01539 563616; www.marmot.eu
• Review from Country Walking magazine, May ’11