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Craghopper Voyager Hybrid

£130 www.craghoppers.com

As the name implies, the Voyager Hybrid goes for a dual approach. The Gore-Tex Windstopper that makes up the majority of the jacket aims to repel wind and a light amount of moisture, whilst the Thermo Elite baffles around the chest and front torso are there to trap warmth around your core. The garment weighs around 500g which, combined with the general design of features, marks this out as a jacket more for casual than technical use. There’s no hood and the hand pockets are positioned very low, so are easily obscured by a rucksack belt or harness. The chest pocket is of a decent size, but the inner fabric pouches are oddly judged in that the opening is very tight but leads into an overly-spacious compartment. They also have phone pockets built in, but if you miss the elasticated entrance your phone will be awkwardly lost in the depths below. Performance-wise, it is aimed much more at warmth retention than breathability. The price does feel a little high given these niggles, and it comes with a carry case.

VERDICT: A curious design that may suit some casual users, but has limited appeal on a technical level.

BEST FOR: Casual use.

Review by Dan Aspel @mountainmeeple