You know that spring or summer rainstorm/monsoon/torrent that we all inevitably end up in at the most unexpected and inopportune time? Say, when you need to fill the gas tank or just as you arrive at the campsite but haven’t yet setup? “Infrequent” may describe how often these scenarios occur, still, they happen. Good news… there is a jacket that you can rough up and will still keep your top half dry. The Craghoppers Bandero Jacket…
There is something you should know about the Craghoppers company before getting to the details of the Bandero Jacket. Simply, they have a passion for gear. For 45 years they’ve been producing quality outdoor gear in the United Kingdom, all started by a dream to summit Mt. Everest. Craghoppers is a company based on a quintessential adventure and because of that, they succeed perfectly in creating worthy gear.
Craghoppers also works with Bear Grylls to create clothing specifically for the extreme conditions Bear will encounter. While we don’t know for sure whether or not the Craghoppers Bandero Jacket was influenced by Bear, we are pretty sure it would qualify for one of his adventures.
The jacket itself is a thing of beauty… stylish, et al. Even if Craghoppers didn’t already have a great reputation for creating quality gear, I would recommend this jacket solely on its reliability. It’s comfortable and the fit is perfect. I am 5′ 10″ with broad shoulders and the large jacket fits like a glove. All the pockets, flaps, zippers, seams and buttons are NOT flimsy like they can be on many other jackets. This jacket keeps the bulk down but truly feels rugged. A side benefit of the Craghoppers Bandero Jacket is that it could be worn in a variety of conditions: hiking, fishing, hunting, a night on the town, urban, rural, treasure hunting, fall, winter, spring and possibly even in the summer.
-2 zipped hand pockets and inner pocket plus concealed map pocket
-Chin guard and waterproof storm flap
-AquaDry polyester fabric with water-repellent finish
One of the best multi-use jackets at an absolutely great price.
$110 (currently on sale for $60)