Field Notes: Dark forces await (weather-wise), and Craghoppers moves stealthily, a crimson interior is the only sign of rebellion against a more low-key presence. One of the best tailored to average women, the AquaDry membrane is a full-performance technology used by the brand, one that comes with a three-year warranty. Somewhat heavier than other shells under test, the Olivia Pro Jacket is less hard-core backcountry and more all-rounder. Lower back and butt coverage is superior in a shell with below-average cuff adjustments, average zipper operation and above-average zipper pulls. Front pockets are pushed to the sides and are located lower rather than higher on the shell’s body. Reflective accents help in urban settings as dual, two-way pit zips add to Olivia’s adaptability to wider, and more athletic, use scenarios.
Pros: Fit for most women is solid including over midlayers, bar-tacking on zippers adds to durability
Cons: Storm flap slightly too narrow, side pockets tight so liner peaks out, hem elastic appears below the jacket when cinched (a potential snag point)
Tester Comments: “The hood on this one is excellent as it doesn’t force a compressed view of the world while still offering foul-weather protection. Pocket-wise, the left chest zippered pocket is my favorite for small items as it is nearly invisible to the viewer.”
Key Attribute: Protection
Best For: Day hikes, snowshoeing and travel in moderate conditions at lower altitudes
Sizes: US 2 to 16
Material: Laminate fabric, DWR treated