Kit Review: Craghoppers Insect Repellent Havana Jacket

Craghoppers’ new Havana jacket is lightweight, with multiple pockets, and promises protection against both the sun and biting insects.

Available in drab olive, a colour that most people would describe as khaki, this jacket is geared towards wearers undertaking outdoor activities in regions prone to mosquitoes, midges and other bothersome bugs.

Nine pockets, some zippable

Thanks to its nine pockets, some zippable and other with studs, the jacket may also appeal to travellers who like to have plenty of kit to hand while out on the road. The right lower pocket holds a detachable drybag suited to sealing away electronic items in wet or moist conditions. As someone who likes to carry a notebook, pens, Dictaphone, telephone and torch pretty much all of the time, and have them readily available, this aspect of the jacket’s design appealed to me.

The jacket weighs in at 532 grams and is made from polyamide with a polyester trim. It has an adjustable waistband and cuff studs. Part of an easy care travel range, the jacket is also crease resistant and fast drying. I found the fabric rapidly regained its shape after crease testing. All it took was a quick shake and a slapping down to make the jacket look presentable after transporting it in a packed suitcase.

Lightweight and fast drying

The jacket’s manufacturers say the Havana can provide up to 90 per cent protection against biting insects including, mosquitoes. The insect repellent is permanent and does not require reimpregnating.

The material from which the Havana jacket is made has an inbuilt moisture management system, which helps move perspiration away from the wearer’s skin. At the same it provides a factor 40 protection (UPF 40+) from the sun’s ultra-violet rays.

This jacket is also stylish enough to be worn in a casual, urban environment. All told, a useful piece of kit.

Further information

Find out more via the Craghoppers website or by calling +44 (0) 161 749 1300.

Craghoppers NosiLife adventure travel clothing collection includes lightweight, agile and packable shirts, trousers, tops and T-shirts designed to protect and perform in hot climates.

The Havana has an internal, zippable breast pocket plus two zippable ‘secret’ compartments behind the studded waist pockets.

Photos illustrating this post are by Stuart Forster.

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Waterproof pocket of the Craghoppers Nosilife Havana jacket.
The sealable drybag in the pocket of the Craghoppers Nosilife Havana Jacket.


  • Gwendoline Marks

    October 20, 2014 at 20:25 Reply

    Having searched many clothing outlets without success, I thought I’d found at last just what I wanted. Design and fabric ideal for wearing whilst photographing wildlife. Unfortunately, the smallest size would be huge on me (I’m a size 8-10). Just when will clothing companies realise that women also partake in activities requiring this type of jacket and produce sizes for ladies in a full range of sizes?

  • Gwendoline Marks

    October 20, 2014 at 20:32 Reply

    Design and fabric ideal for the wildlife photographer.Please ‘Craghoppers’ make this garment in the full range of women’ssizes.

    • Stuart

      October 23, 2014 at 14:40 Reply

      I hope Craghoppers see your comments and find it useful feedback.

  • Steve Blaine

    November 14, 2017 at 01:23 Reply

    Looks a useful piece of kit for anyone planning a journey into a mild jungle region too. I bet it’s useful while photographing wildlife?
    Love your blog! Thanks for the insightful posts, Steve.

    • Stuart Forster

      November 14, 2017 at 17:50 Reply

      Thanks Steve. I have used it in the UK while photographing birdlife and the pockets and colouring were very handy.

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