CRAFT gilet on test



Many gilets seem to be cut on the generous side and given a unisex label, the result of which is that you can look like the Michelin man as the wind enters under the arm holes and inflates you! So It was nice to find one that accommodated the female form. We also like CRAFT gear for their attention to detail and this gilet is no exception.  It is incredibly light and packs away into its own pouch, which doubles as a pocket (with a drawstring for extra security) when you are wearing it.






As you would expect with a top of the range gilet, the front is windproof to keep your body warm, while the back is highly breathable to allow for heat and perspiration to move away from your body.  The breathable mesh back panel, wraps around to include the under arm area for optimum breathability where you need it most. The full-length zip tucks under a protective flap at the top, to avoid chaffing your chin and there is a windproof strip too.


The collar is super warm, with a fleecy lining and high enough to give you more protection than most and while the arm holes and bottom edge are lightly elasticated to give a close fit, to keep out the wind without compromising freedom of movement.


This gilet is not an extreme race fit, more a relaxed slim fit, in other words it is cut to sit close to the body, while accommodating the female form.  And there are of course the usual reflective touches, which CRAFT have added at the shoulders, the logos front and back and they also run the full length of the zip.



Price: £40

Sizes: XS, S, M, L

Colours: black, yellow, red



Performance: 9/10

Value: 9/10


A well thought out garment, functional and stylish with CRAFTs usual attention to detail. At £40 it gives the top of the range gilets a run for their money.



Tested by Janet Birkmyre

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