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Craghoppers Compresslite Jacket Review

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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.

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.

Craghoppers Compresslite Jacket is childs play to put away

Craghoppers Compresslite Jacket is child’s play to put away

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.

Snow ball in full flight

Snow ball in full flight

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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Compresslite Jackets keeping us warm in the snow

Compresslite Jackets keeping us warm in the snow

Thanks to the guys over a Craghoppers for providing us with a jacket to review. 


9.7Expert Score
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.
  • The Craghoppers Compresslite is a great packable coat solution for both adults and kids.
  • 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 ;-)

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  1. Daniel Laidlaw

    Just to ket everyone know the jacket is not waterproof what so ever and it is not advertised as being waterproof. However once the jacket is wet it dries very very quickly.
    Also the jacket is windproof it is a good jacket especially for the price but in even light showers you will need an additional waterproof layer to prevent water ingress especially for children seeing as this review was aimed at clothing for children.

    + PROS: Windproof Good warth for such a light weight jacket Dries quick
    - CONS: Becomes soaking wet fast.
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    Father to 3 kids, who loves getting out and about (hiking, running, camping, cycling, canoeing...) Co-founded Get Out With The Kids to help other parents enjoy the outdoors with their family.

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