Craghoppers Egor Jacket

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They Say - A fresh seasonal twist on a contemporary soft shell, this new jacket unites a smooth water-repellent outer with a high-loft Sherpa fleece inner to lock in the warmth. The perfect cold-weather trail companion, our softshell jacket features zipped lower pockets, adjustable hem and cuffs, and full-length front zip with inner zip guard. The ideal insulating softshell for autumn and winter activities.   Craghoppers leads the field in outdoor wear. Technical trousers, shirts, tops, softshell and waterproofs offer outstanding performance, comfort and practicality for the everyday outdoors, all year round.

  • Pockets: 2 zipped lower
  • Adjustable hem
  • Rubber and velcro cuff adjusters
  • Full-length zip with inner zip guard
  • Polyester ripstop face with Water Resistant finish, AquaDry Membrane and polyester Sherpa fleece back 825g
  • 100% Polyester

We Say – I’m a 42 inch chest and Large is usually perfect for me, but I ordered an Extra Large in this jacket as I was unsure as to how warm it would keep me and I wanted to leave room to put another fleece underneath if needed (I got it for Canada, I’m going there in a few weeks and it’s due to be between zero and minus 20 most days). But having tried it on, it seems to me that these jackets come on the small side, as the XL fits me really nicely. So, first impression, bear this size issue in mind if you’re ordering online, you may need to buy a size up from your usual. They sell these jackets in Millets and Debenhams as well as several other stores so it’s probably best to visit a shop and try one on if you can.

Warmth wise, I’m impressed. I wore it out at first with just a single Helly Hansen long sleeve t-shirt on underneath and found that I didn’t get cold at all (the day was clear and about 5 degrees) although the neck is generous so gusts did get in via that opening. Then for later walks I wore a thin mid layer fleece and a t-shirt under it and I was very warm indeed – yesterday I did a 4 hour coastal walk with this combination and never felt cold at all, even during the half hour lunch stop where I sat on an exposed cliff top.

So having used it in this winter conditions, I’d say that if I have a thermal, a mid layer and a scarf on under it, it’ll do me for Canada, easily.

I see this as a jacket that you could wear equally in town  - it looks good enough for that – or on less demanding trails.

I’d hesitate to take it on multi day mountain hikes as it’s not particularly lightweight and also Craghoppers only claim it to be water resistant, as opposed to fully waterproof, but for day hikes when the weather forecast is fair/mixed/cold it’ll be great. I’ve worn it out in constant, light rain for 3 hours and stayed warm and dry inside, so can say with certainty that it’s water resistant.

I’d also add that if you’re travelling light, as I will be when I backpack to Canada, and you’re expecting to do a little tourism in the city combined with some outdoorsy stuff, then jackets such as this Egor are a good bet as they’re going to serve all your needs which is important if you’re having to carry all your kit on your back and you only want to take one jacket. And being black, it’s not going to show the dirt that will inevitably come its way during extended travel, meaning it can be worn out socially at any point during the tour.

Finally, it’s not at all bad value either, selling on the Craghoppers site for £48 right now. Well worth it if you’re after a decent winter travel/outdoors jacket.

To see this jacket online - http://www.craghoppers.com/egor-jacket.html

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