Review: Musto Essential Crew BR1 Jacket

Review: Musto Essential Crew BR1 Jacket

Choosing what to wear outdoors in the British springtime can be a minefield. This year we had an unusually cold winter, with widespread freezing weather and snow well into March, yet the early May bank holiday was the warmest on record! I’ve mentioned many time before that layers are your friend, and that’s certainly still my advice. It’s also well worth investing in a decent waterproof jacket, even in the spring and summer. A lightweight raincoat will keep you warm and dry when outside in the inevitable showers, while still keeping you comfortable.

Luke has been trying out a Musto Esssential Crew BR1 jacket recently from Marine Superstore and it’s proven to be the perfect item of outdoor clothing for this time of year.

A lightweight waterproof jacket is invaluable during the spring and summer months

Our recent trip to the New Forest was the ideal time to put it to the test. Our drive down was almost entirely in torrential rain, and although it stayed largely dry until we left, the skies remained ominously grey throughout.

We could walk from our campsite into the nearby woodland so made the most of enjoying some family strolls. It was humid and the weather was changeable, so we all took jackets with us just in case. The Musto Essential Crew BR1 jacket was very light and so was easy to roll up and carry in a rucksack. It was very comfortable, offering a loose fit without being baggy. It’s obviously good quality, with taped seams keeping Luke dry and the ripstop fabric offering durability. My main complaint with cheaper waterproofs is that they tend to get very sweaty, however, the mesh lining ensured that this wasn’t the case with this better quality jacket.

A day spent by the river at Buckler’s Hard proved to be a great test for the Musto Crew BR1 jacket as we dodged showers and wilted in the humidity

The details on this Musto jacket, like the two side pockets with weather-proof zips and fleece lining on the collar, make all the difference and show just how it is worth investing in a few key pieces of outdoor gear to see you through every eventuality. This is a great addition to anyone’s spring/summer outdoor wardrobe and Luke has really got a lot of wear out of it already.

A good quality waterproof means you can stay active whatever the weather

Do you have any tips for dealing with the UK weather? How do you stay cool and dry in the spring showers?





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