You don’t often see a three-in-one jacket these days – Jack Wolfskin’s entry into this review seems to be attempting to reinvent a style that’s become more associated with casual users and dog walkers than serious outdoor enthusiasts. But when you consider that you get both a hardshell jacket and with a mid-weight fleece for £150, the Crush ‘n’ Ice looks like an attractive proposition.
Waterproofing is provided by Jack Wolfskin’s two-layer Texapore fabric, protected by a fully lined inner which makes the jacket very comfortable but also fairly heavy and bulky. The main zip is protected by a double, Velcro-secured, storm flap, and it has a large zip pull to make it easier to operate when you’re wearing gloves. The fleece mid-layer attaches via two internal zips and three button points; it’s nice that attaching and detaching it is quick and easy.
The Crush ‘n’ Ice disappoints in terms of ventilation: there’s no way of allowing in air other than rolling up the sleeves. If you’re planning on hiking with a heavy rucksack, this could turn a pleasant trek into an uncomfortable one. The hood is fully adjustable and the peak has been stiffened, though in strong winds it will lose its shape.
The Crush ‘n’ Ice is a good jacket for casual use or on weekend strolls. For more strenuous outdoor activities, or if you’ll be carrying a heavy pack, the lack of ventilation is off putting.
In a line: Value for money if you like the three-in-one option.