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Product Review: Craghoppers Dovedale Parka

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What Is it: The Dovedale Parka.

Price and Where to Buy: $180 on Craghoppers’ website.

Pros:

  • Waterproof
  • Fleece lining keeps you warm and helps retain body heat
  • Has 10 pockets, including two with zipped hand warmers, one for a mobile phone, one for a credit card, and two zipped inner pockets to protect valuables
  • Adjustable waist
  • Removable hood
  • Adjustable cuffs
  • Uses an “AquaDry Membrane” that is waterproof and breathable
  • Faux fur on the hood can be removed
  • Comes with a lifetime guarantee
  • 37 inch length keeps you warm

Cons:

  • Only available in two colors (white and black)

How it Rates:

  • Usefulness: 10/10. The Dovedale Parka is perfect for trips to cold climates, or for everyday wear in the winter.
  • Portability: 9/10. Unlike most winter jackets, this one isn’t bulky or puffy. You could fold it down to fit in a carry-on if you didn’t want to wear it on the plane.
  • Value: 7/10. $180 is a decent price for a good winter jacket.
  • Durability: 10/10. This jacket is very well made, but if something does wear out or break on it, there’s always the lifetime guarantee from Craghoppers.
  • Cool Factor: 10/10. We love the ability to cinch the waist on this jacket to avoid looking like a blob, plus, the coast is much sleeker looking than normal puffy jackets. The removable faux fur hood makes this jacket pretty cool as well.

Final Verdict: Definitely upgrade your winter jacket to the Dovedale Parka, especially if you’ve got some cold trips planned this winter—it will keep you warm and stylish.

(Photo: Craghoppers)

Editor’s Note: Reviews are based on usefulness, portability, durability, value, and “cool factor.” Some review products are sent to us free of charge and with no incentive to offer a favorable review. We offer our unbiased opinions, positive and negative, and will never accept compensation to review a product. If you have any questions or comments concerning our reviews, or would like to suggest a product for review, please email us at editor@smartertravel.com.

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