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Craghoppers laud the versatility of their Pro Lite Softshell, so who better to test versatility than the active traveller?

craghoppers pro lite softshell
Best for...
Those who need versatility and not top-level weather protection
Overall Score
A simple, no-nonsense softshell at a bargain price
The fit over the shoulders is slightly strange

The feature list of Craghoppers' Pro Lite Softshell almost beggars belief when the price is taken into account; Aquadry waterproof membrane, stretch material, lightweight, insulating and packable. Ideal for the unexpected challenges of travel?

First impressions suggest the jacket is very well made - far beyond what its price tag would suggest. Further investigation into the levels of waterproofing reveal the hydrostatic head rating is only 3000mm. And the seams aren't taped.

But then this is a jacket in the much-misunderstood category of 'softshell' and it's strange that Craghoppers push the waterproof angle - because without that claim, this is a great softshell and a great option for good-weather travel.

The stretch material is soft to the touch and really encourages movement - as useful on a long flight as during acrobatic activity. The pockets are useful and plentiful - 3 secure zippered pockets, and two huge internal ones that would fit a map, a small guidebook or a water bottle.

There is a also a decent level of insulation for such a lightweight jacket, and the wind proofing works well and naturally helps with warmth.

Combined with the packability (it fits into its own pocket) this a high performing active travel option for a bargain price that looks as good on the tarmac-miles as it does on the trail.





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