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Craghoppers Horizon Jacket

£80 www.dofe.org/shopping/dofe-expedition-kit-list/

There’s some nice stuff going off in the Horizon jacket. It looks the part, with two-tone styling and reflective panels, and there’s three different colours to choose from. Those design lines have also allowed for a female-friendly fit – so it’s not too tight around the chest. Inside, there’s a tough mesh lining which aids comfort and breathability. There are 3 pockets – 2 waterproof and zipped on the outside, and a further zipped inner – which thankfully does take a standard OS Explorer map. An adjustable hem makes for a better fit, depending on what you prefer. At 415 grams, it’s a good weight too. The Horizon Jacket uses the same ‘Aquadry’ technology that the Ascent Waterproof Trousers use, which works well to keep the wet out, but also carries a surprisingly positive secret; the Jacket is 100% PFC free! For environmentally-conscious wearers (which should be all of us), we can be content in the knowledge that not only is our great Jacket keeping us protected from the environment, we are also protecting it back.

► Verdict: Easily wearable jacket at home in in or out of the hills.

► Best for: Trekking and travelling.

Review by DofE participant Alannah White