High Quality/ Low Cost Shell Jacket
I was a little hesitant about buying this jacket since no one had written a review yet...but, i went out on a limb and am super satisfied with the purchase. The material is tougher than i imagined, but still pretty comfortable and it has a little stretch. (Good when reaching for that next hold) It breaths well, is incredibly waterproof, and very wind resistant. I like that it has 4 pockets. (1 hidden inside the jacket) When worn with an insulating later, like a fleece or softshell jacket, it can be a very good barrier against the cold, rainy day your going out into. As for the looks, its an "athletic fit" so it fits a little snugger around the arms, chest, stomach. Its a good color (i got blue) and it goes well with black, khaki or w/e else you wanna wear really. Overall: Solid, affordable, nice quality jacket that's wind, waterproof and breathes. Only downside (if you can call it that) is that the zipper is left handed. (Bear is left handed.)
Cannot beat this shell for the $
I was a bit apprehensive about buying a celebrity-model/endorsed anything, but this jacket is EXACTLY what I was looking for. I ordered comparable jackets from Mtn. Hardware, Arcteryx, North Face, and Patagonia and returned every one of them after I received the Craghoppers jacket. I noted the fit as "large", but it's probably closer to normal. I'm 6'0" 170lbs. with fairly wide shoulders and I got a medium. Fit is great. Slim enough so that it's not a bulky wear, big enough to fit a fleece on underneath. I've had this thing on in complete downpours and I've remained totally dry. I like the hood pulls, the waist cinchers, the wrist tightener tabs, and the chest/side pockets. Great inside liner, too. My only negs on this jacket are 1) for some reason it has a left-sided zipper (female). Trust me. I have the male version. I checked. And 2) it could use pit-zips to aid in ventilation on warmer days or during strenuous activity. Other than those 2 things, this jacket is on par with the bigger brands $250-350 range shells, which makes this jacket a great value. I would definitely recommend this product to anyone looking for a great-performing technical shell at a value.
I'm a regular back country Utah hiker - so the value of good gear is not lost on me. I've got a few other Bear Grylls endorsed items, which have worked out quite well. This jacket is not one of them. The overall quality seems good enough, although I didn't test it in any harsh environments. The main thing that didn't work for me was the fit. First I ordered the large. I was expecting a pretty snug fit, but enough to get one tight whisking layer plus a fleece. The fit under the arms was extremely tight (freedom of movement was restricted), although the rest of the body seemed fine (snug, but that's how I prefer it). So I returned the large and went to the extra large (I'm 6'3" - 210 lbs); however, I had the exact same problem. The body was looser than I usually like, but acceptable; however, once again the fit under the arms was very tight and restricted movement. For that reason, I'm returning both. Perhaps this would be better suited for a lithe, more thinly built person.