There are plenty of pac-a-mac type solutions out there. The Compresslite Jacket goes further, and insulates as well as keep waterproof. Kids sizes too.
The Craghoppers Compresslite jacket has been well tried and tested through rain, wind, and even hail. When the kids don't need a coat, it's a lot lighter carrying these in your bag for when the weather turns nasty.
Our Score: 9.7/10
We've given the Craghoppers Child's Compresslite Jacket the Thumbs Up award.
- The Craghoppers Compresslite is a great packable coat solution for both adults and kids.
The not so good
- Struggling to find any bad points. It's even at a really great price for what it is. We liked the kid's Compresslite so much, we bought an adult one too ;-)
This was a hands-on product review. The product was supplied to us to test and conduct the review.
Craghoppers Child's Compresslite Jacket Photos
There's plenty of times in the year when you want to take the family outside but aren't too sure about the weather. Will it rain? How windy will it be?
As a parent, you can all too often end up carrying lots of gear for the kids, "just in case". If it's not wet and they're warm, they want you to carry their coat.
Pack-away raincoats can be an option. They're a lot smaller and lighter, so your bag doesn't get filled with all your kids' coats.
However, most pack-away coats for kids are typically just macs.
The guys over at Craghoppers have been working on their Compresslite technology to make a coat that is lightweight, waterproof, and insulating but can pack down small enough to easily fit in your bag. And they've made the Compresslite in kids sizes too.
Girls Compresslite Jacket Review
Firstly, don't think of this jacket as a pack-a-mac type of coat. Although it packs down to a similar size, this is a jacket with insulation designed to keep you warm.
When it is packed away, it's lightweight and small enough to fit into your bag - or your kid's bag without them complaining.
It's also child's play to get the Compresslite jacket out or stuff back into its bag.
The jacket has a water resistant coating, and although it has protected one of our gang in the rain, we've found this jacket great on windy days too.
It comes with all the things you'd expect from a good design to keep you warm:
- Synthetic insulation that doesn't mind if it gets wet.
- Elasticated cuffs to keep the heat in, and at the waistline too.
- Zipped pockets.
- A hood that wraps well around the face.
- Additional insulation behind the zip....ready to facing the wind head-on ;-)
We should also mention that the hood isn't just a waterproof flap, but also is filled with insulation.
This insulation really makes the coat stand out as a packable solution. It's just enough to make this an effective outer layer even when it snows.
On the practical side, it's washable at 30 and even safe for tumble dryers.
The Craghoppers Compresslite Jacket definitely gets the thumbs up from us. A great bit of kit for those family adventures in the great outdoors.
BTW, if you are interested in an adult's version, click here to see our review.
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