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Outdoor Research Echo (2014)

£35.00

A comfy top which ticks most of the boxes for a great price. ‘Stripped-back’ is the word: it’s extremely lightweight, almost tissue-thin, with uncomplicated stitched seams; a lean top for those who like to move light and fast. It isn’t close-fitted at all, in fact it’s rather baggy and shapeless round the waist and at the wrists. This means it’s ...

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Sherpa Adventure gear Dikila (2014)

£50.00

Though the heaviest base-layer in the women’s group, the Dikila is surprisingly versatile. Using their own blend of synthetic fabrics called Dry-Zone, Sherpa have created a top which can double up in both a summer and winter wardrobe. It kept me warm on low-level strolls during the cold snaps of November, but it’s also breathable enough to cope with warmer ...

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Montane Bionic (2014)

£65.00

As its name suggests, this is a top which means business. The Bionic is sleek and technical, with a slightly looser fit than the other base-layers to ensure ease of movement for strenuous days out in the hills. It’s incredibly lightweight and floats against the skin like gossamer – perfect for sweaty climbs on otherwise chilly days. But it’s the ...

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The North Face Hybrid (2014)

£45.00

Despite coming in at the lowest price-point of all the base-layers here, the Hybrid boasts some pretty impressive technology. The fabric is mapped out according to the body’s hot and cold spots so that the underarms, for instance, are ventilated while the sides are insulated. Under test, it did a fantastic job of regulating my body temperature at a comfortable ...

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Mammut GoWarm (2014)

£60.00

Here we get a bit more athletic. This is a high-performance technical top and the tightest fit in the men’s group, although it adapted nicely to my body shape after three outings and careful washes. It’s a complex blend: a merino and polyester face fabric plus a polyester-only inner lining, which together offer great temperature regulation on hard climbs. There’s ...

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Icebreaker Oasis (2014)

£70.00

Here comes the merino champion: luxurious, comfortable and expensive. Unlike the coarse, itchy wool which comes from your bog-standard sheep, merino sheep produce exceptionally fine and soft wool which feels like silk next to the skin. And with this top, Icebreaker have engineered it into a top-of-the-range, deluxe base-layer. Made from 100% merino, the Oasis is tailored to be snug ...

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Paramo Grid Classic (2014)

£50.00

If you want a warm, clever and versatile top that doesn’t look too flashy, look no further than the Grid. It’s a relaxed fit, but it’s made with a thick, insulating fabric (almost like fleece) which is so comfy I was still wearing it as an outer layer in late autumn. The distinctive grid pattern of this Parameta G fabric ...

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Smartwool NTS Mid 250 Zip (2014)

£75.00

At the top end of the price range, we find this: supremely comfortable merino wool, fitted but not clingy, a completely natural thermostat and easy to wash too. And as a bonus, it's muted enough to hide all its technical brilliance in a top that looks profoundly ‘normal’. I wore it on four separate trips without washing it, and it ...

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Sprayway Reactor (2014)

£80.00

The Sprayway Reactor has a nylon shell and Inso/therm insulation, and comes with a fixed hood and two large chest pockets. The pockets are big enough for OS maps and can be accessed while wearing a rucksack with a hipbelt. The hood gets a volume adjuster and face drawcords, but it doesn’t turn with the head as easily as would ...

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Montane Prism (2014)

£100.00

Synthetic insulated jackets are ideal as year-round garments, and the Montane Prism is one of the best all-rounders out there. It uses PrimaLoft Eco synthetic insulation that includes 50 per cent recycled fibres. The shell is made from Pertex and when combined with the insulation you get a very lightweight option at just 423g (size L). That weight includes a ...

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Mountain Equipment Bastion (2014)

£190.00

Synthetic insulation cannot compete with down in terms of keeping you warm in the coldest of conditions, but it’s ideal when you need to stay warm while being active. The Bastion uses Mountain Equipment’s own Polarloft synthetic insulation and this is combined with a Gore Windstopper shell, which provides water and wind resistance. There are stretch side panels where there’s ...

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Berghaus Ramche (2014)

£300.00

The Ramche is one of Berghaus’s MtnHaus products, designed by mountaineers for top performance in the fiercest conditions. It features hydrophobic down, which resists water better than normal down, so it’s better able to retain its insulating performance when wet. Offset baffles reduce heat loss from the body core, while square baffles on the upper arms and stitched-through baffles under ...

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Rab Ascent (2014)

£185.00

The Rab Ascent is a down jacket with an outer made from Pertex Endurance, which is water-resistant enough that the down is protected from melting snow and tent condensation. Inside the size L jacket is 330g of hydrophobic down, which is better able to maintain its performance when wet than standard down. The removable hood gets a volume adjuster so ...

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Alpkit Filo (2014)

£120.00

Alpkit gear is only available directly from the manufacturer, but the price is stunning for what you get. The Filo is very warm thanks to a good amount of good-quality down, which is packed into a shell made of ripstop nylon with a water-resistant treatment. The detachable hood benefits from a wired peak, but there’s no volume adjuster and it ...

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Arc’teryx Phase AR Hoody (2013)

£55.00

Base layers with hoods are not that common and won’t appeal to everybody. However, if you like the idea of the all-over protection that a hooded base layer provides, the Arc’teryx Phase AR Hoody is one of the best. It wicks moisture, insulates and is tailored for an active fit with flatlocked seams for added comfort. The clever combination of ...

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Berghaus Long-Sleeve Zip-Neck Technical T-Shirt (2013)

£32.00

As far as general-purpose base layers go, the Berghaus Long-Sleeve Zip-Neck Technical T-Shirt ticks all the boxes. It’s a good price, it’s reasonably light and, because it’s synthetic rather than merino wool, it’s relatively low-maintenance. The long sleeves and high collar keep the breeze at bay on a cold day, and the long chest zip allows the wearer to cool ...

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Keela ADS 100 Short Sleeve Round Neck Top (2013)

£20.00

At just £20, the Keela ADS 100 Short Sleeve Round Neck Top is such a bargain that you might choose to buy a few, and with such a vast array of colour options you could really go to town with your walking wardrobe. Truth be told, you’ll probably want more than one if you’re going on a multi-day hike – ...

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Páramo Cambia Shortsleeved T-shirt (2013)

£29.00

With the Páramo Cambia Shortsleeved T-shirt you’re effectively getting two T-shirts in one. The synthetic fabric is finished differently on either side to provide extra warmth or cooling as required. With the slightly shinier surface on the inside, moisture is effectively dispersed during heavy exercise, allowing the wearer to cool down more efficiently. The reverse side has a softer, almost ...

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Icebreaker Mondo Longsleeve Half Zip (2013)

£70.00

It would seem that the sheep in New Zealand must be some of the nicest-smelling in the world. The merino wool that the Icebreaker Mondo Longsleeve Half Zip base layer is made from can be worn repeatedly over several days without any hint of unpleasantness, then machine-washed. It’s a bit thicker and heavier than the synthetic base layers we looked ...

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Xcelcius Megatherm (2013)

£30.00

When a base layer comes with a warning not to sleep in it because it’s too warm, you should know what you’re getting; but just to make it crystal-clear, the Xcelcius Megatherm top also comes with a certified -25 deg C rating. Oh yes, it’s a hot one. Looking more like a sweatshirt than a base layer, it has a ...

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Páramo Velez Adventure Smock (2102)

£200.00

Páramo’s unique combination of a closely woven microfibre outer with a Nikwax water repellency treatment combined with a Nikwax Analogy Pump Liner results in a jacket that is better at keeping the user dry than some of the lighter soft shell materials. The Páramo Velez Adventure Smock weighs a little more than others, but it is also a notch warmer ...

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Rab Vapour-Rise Lite Alpine (2102)

£110.00

Rab’s Vapour-Rise range has been firm a favourite with a wide range of users for many years, and it’s generally ideal when you want maximum breathability while keeping the wind and very light showers at bay. With the Lite Alpine there is no membrane within the fabric, so water can get through fairly easily; but this in turn means the ...

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Mammut Gipfelgrat (2102)

£395.00

Some soft shell jackets are fully waterproof, and the Mammut Gipfelgrat is one example. It is made from Polartec Neoshell, which itself comes in many forms; and in this jacket the microporous membrane is sandwiched between a heavy, robust face fabric and a soft inner lining. The membrane has tiny holes in it to allow water vapour out, thus preventing ...

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Haglöfs Pelamis (2102)

£200.00

The Haglöfs Pelamis is made from Gore Windstopper, which is an extremely popular soft shell fabric, particularly for more general use on and off the hill. The fabric comprises of a Windstopper membrane sandwiched between a stretchy, abrasion-resistant soft shell outer and a softer inner for insulation. The fabric is not classed as waterproof but it does resist water very ...

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Montane Sabretooth (2102)

£160.00

The Montane Sabretooth has been a Trail favourite for many years. It is made from Polartec Powershield, which is a laminated fabric where a perforated membrane is sandwiched between a stretchy, abrasion-resistant outer and a brushed, fleece-like inner. The perforated membrane does not keep heavy rain out but it is water-resistant, so light drizzle won’t get through; however its main ...

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