Why We Chose It: Very warm, impressive eco-friendly build
Credit to Craghoppers they’ve pulled out all of the stops with their new Pember jacket. First up it’s super, super warm and comfortable and it’s waterproof as well, then there are a whole bunch of eco-driven efforts on show as well.
What’s The Craghoppers Pember Best-Suited To?
Given its fairly hefty weight and size, this isn’t really a jacket to carry in your backpack just in case the temperature drops or rain arrives. Instead it’s that thing to turn to on those really cold and miserable days when you’re going to want constant warmth and protection from start to finish. I can certainly see it being handy for day hiking right through the winter, but I can also see it being that jacket to turn to for the every day stuff – like that early morning dog walk for instance.
I think photographers in particular will like what this jacket brings. It’s got the insulation for those long hours stood still and a whopping 10 pockets to keep all your kit close to hand and organised.
The Eco Credentials
It’s often the case that a brand will refrain from using PFCs from a garment and consider that enough of an effort towards the overall sustainability, so its really impressive to see Craghoppers go a number of steps further than that with the Pember. Not only is the DWR on the outer fabric free from any nasty chemicals but they’ve also made sure that most of the materials they’ve used here are from recycled sources, that includes the textured face fabric, the polyester lining, the fill and even the zip tapes. On top of all that, the full bluesign approval gives that extra reassurance that Craghoppers have considered the ethical and environmental impact of their product.
This is one of the warmest jackets I’ve tried out this winter season – perhaps equal in warmth to the impressive Fjallraven Vidda Wool Padded Parka or maybe even exceeding it.