Craghoppers Chatsworth Jacket‏

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They Say - You’ll get traditional country style in spades with our new Chatsworth Jacket. The textured Oxford cotton fabric is fully waterproof – thanks to the AquaDry Membrane liner – and the 14-pocket construction provides plenty of storage for maps, money and mobiles.

  • Brushed check cotton lining
  • 32′ length
  • Ribbed inner collar
  • Zip-off hood with waxed cord adjusters to front & stud adjuster to back
  • 14 pockets: 4 bellowed stud-fastening lower with zipped handwarmers, 2 stud-fastening chest, 1 jetted zip, 1 mobile phone, 1 Velcro card, 1 Velcro inner map, 1 zipped inner, 1 stretch mesh inner accessories
  • Pockets fit O/S map
  • Adjustable waist & hem
  • Stud fastening stormflap with inner zip guard
  • Self-fabric stud cuff adjusters
  • Brushed chin guard
  • Metal utility D-ring to lower pocket
  • Headphone loop
  • Action back
  • Key holder
  • 100% cotton 1265g

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We Say – I got this jacket, firstly, as I liked the look of it.  It’s stylish with a classic cut, reminiscent of the sort of jacket generally worn in the country that’s designed to keep you comfortable in the majority of conditions that you might encounter in the British outdoors. Being waterproof and roomy enough to wear many layers underneath it also seemed the sort of jacket I could use throughout my autumn travels, which would see me taking in a variety of situations in Greece, Italy, Austria and Hungary, with temperatures ranging from +20C to -1C. Here’s me in very cold Vienna…

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…in warm Rome…

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…in even warmer Chianti region…

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…and then again in balmy Athens on a night out.

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It’s range of pockets will satisfy most needs of any outdoors person, be it a walker, hunter, fisherman or, as in my case, general traveller. I’ve used it for the past eight weeks for my travels which have involved plenty of outdoors activity, a fair bit of socializing in fancy places and also museum visiting, but minimal hiking (the longest hike with backpack I’ve done whilst wearing it was just over an hour), and I’ve found it to be warm, waterproof and suited to every situation I’ve been in.

The main attributes of the jacket that I like are;

1/ It’s stylish yet hard-wearing enough to be worn to a wide range of places in varied conditions, such as to the opera house in Vienna, the woods and hills of Athens, during a very cold, River Danube open air cruise and during the heavy rains that hit us in northern Italy.

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2/ Some pockets are marked up with little symbols advising you what’s it’s best used for, which is a nice touch. For example, headphones, gloves, OS map and cellphone. Although the one marked cellphone, which is a small elasticated pocket inside a larger pocket, I find really useful for keeping coins in as it’s easy to access and it keeps the coins within an easy to reach small space. As for my cellphone I keep that in the opposite pocket which is zipped as opposed to being fastened by poppers as others are as I feel it’s safer there when travelling.

3/ The hood is detachable with a velcro zip if it looks like being a clear day. It also has old-style thick cord fasteners with adjustable leather toggles. I’ve not been in any gale force winds but I can say that the hood stayed in place during the everyday blustery conditions you’d expect to encounter in cities or an urban landscape.

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3/ The inner material feels extremely soft. Earlier in journey it often wasn’t too cold so I never used to wear a sweater, just a t-shirt, and the jacket felt very comfortable on my bare arms. Here’s me again in Athens on a cool evening with just a t-shirt on underneath. Do excuse the glare, I’m generally happy really, it’s just I’d just been hassled by a dude trying to tie a stupid bangle on my wrist and making daft comments about the wife and it momentarily wound me up.

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4/ There’s plenty of room across the shoulders so even though it’s a fitted jacket I could also travel with my rucksack easily, and putting on and taking off the bag, which with other leisure jackets might involve them riding up or pulling uncomfortably and perhaps even tearing at the arms, was no problem.

5/ It’s definitely waterproof. There’s not been an occasion where I’ve had to keep something safe and dry that this jacket hasn’t allowed me to do so. For instance, I’ve been able to walk around all day in bad weather, keeping my Nikon SLR tucked inside it, or other electronics such as my phone, and they’re fine at the end of the day, even when rain has been constant and heavy. The storm flap helps with this of course.

The only minus points, and they are minor, are these. The soft material around the inside of the collar has bobbled up a little due to my facial stubble after just eight weeks of constant, everyday wear. This is clearly a minor issue but if you care about clothes maintaining original appearance for months or longer then consider this. Also, it’s a weighty jacket, or rather, heavier than the average waterproof hiking jacket, so if you’re planning to walk long distances over a number of days carrying a rucksack then you’ll probably want a lighter jacket. Although in saying that, if you’re planning to use a jacket for multiple situations, as I did, trail, city, and everything in between, then I’d say that this Chatsworth is a very fine choice.

When I got back from my travels a relative saw me in the jacket and immediately took a liking to it. He enjoys shooting  in south-east England on a regular basis and he reckoned it would serve him well. So being a good chap I gave it to him and this is what he reported back after his first full day out shooting in it.

“I wore it for about six hours yesterday, it was an overcast day and about three degrees. I’d layered up well and didn’t experience any cold at all, except in my hands. I’d say, if this jacket were made purely for shooting, the pockets would be up nearly under the arms, so you can keep you hands warm whilst holding the gun in the crook of your arm. But, it’s not purely made for shooting so I have to say it’s great in every other respect. The pockets are perfect for putting new cartridges in one side and tucking the used ones in the other. There’re big enough pockets to make this a no hassle operation, and when you’re out shooting and concentrating on other things, you do need to have things such as disposing of cartridges to be hassle free. Thanks for the jacket, I’ll be using it loads!”

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So, all in all, this Craghoppers Chatsworth is a cracking all-rounder jacket. I recommend it.

To discover more please visit http://www.craghoppers.com/chatsworth-jacket.html

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