This is essentially a three-in-one product. Firstly it’s a lightweight jacket, billed as wind protective and water repellent. Secondly, you can whip the sleeves off to produce a gilet with the same credentials. And finally should you be so inclined you could pop the sleeves section on as a shrug/arm warmer type arrangement.
This raft of versatility means this jacket would be an ideal purchase for anybody on a budget. It’s the kind of piece that could take you through the seasons, even into a milder winter with thoughtful layering.
The fabric feels light but protective, and this certainly does keep you dry in a shower. It’s not the most breathable layer I’ve ever worn – nor does Craft claim it to be – so I would imagine it would come in more useful as a complete jacket in spring and autumn, when its weatherproof credentials will also come into their own.
It’s a good fit on me, long enough in the arms and body, but if you’re on the curvier side of the UK sizing spectrum or planning on layering up underneath I’d recommend going up a size. The back hem is dropped and rubberised for grip, with a very generous rear zipped pocket.
The eyecatching hot pink certainly ensures you’ll be seen. There’s plenty of reflective detailing too. It also comes in black and hi-vis yellow.
Overall the design is pretty functional, this isn’t going to win any high-fashion awards. It’s not a product I can really fault, but it’s also not something I really love and it seems to lack that special something. That said, it’s a snip at £32.
A useful multi-purpose layer.
Wind and water resistant
Choice of colours
Fairly functional design
Best Price: £31.94 from Direct Sports.