Craft Performance Rain Jacket 2013 Review
by Andrew Neal
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by Andrew Neal
As good as it gets for the price! 5
Waterproof AND breathable is the holy grail for the cyclist. Balancing the two is always going to be a trade off and each person has their own unique balance. The 2011 Craft Performance Rain jacket is, I reckon, as near to perfection as I'm going to get for the price. It's got all the boxes ticked for me; waterproof, sufficiently breathable and packable. I've tried a few jackets out now, none are perfect, some better than others in different areas, so I bought this jacket (white for visibility, in medium for my 5'7" 73kg non-whippet frame) more hoping than expecting it'd work for me. I'm really pleased with it, I think I can say my search is over! I run hot and this jacket handles that well. I can still feel the heat build but, in all seriousness and based on my experiences, this jacket is as good as it gets whilst being waterproof. Normally with genuinely waterproof jackets, I have to open the zip a good way otherwise I overheat. Not so with the Craft, I can keep collar and cuffs done up against the rain without getting wet from sweat. Fit is a personal thing also, but it's good for me. Sleeves are slightly long for me but the velcro cuffs mean you can close the sleeve comfortably and conveniently around your gloves, leaving no gaps. In effect, no problem. Short of having a tailored jacket (or just luck!), fit is never going to be absolutely perfect for everyone but I can honestly say this jacket fits well. Extended tail length means the jacket doesn't ride up and sits comfortably around top of the backside. Packable? Yes, it's not 'apple sized' but it will fit in a pocket on a standard, 3 pocket cycling jersey. I bought this jacket primarily as a packable in the event it rains whilst I'm out. I have other (non-packable) jackets that I wear if it's raining when I start out but I'm so pleased with this jacket that I can see myself wearing this in preference to my more expensive soft shell. It really is that good.
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