The lovely, soft Polartec 100 fabric makes this lightweight fleece from Blacks great to wear next to your skin. It’s snug enough as a base-layer, but with room for another layer beneath. However, it is let down by baggy cuffs. The New Denver is the perfect weight and bulk for a lightweight fleece, and while its Lycra underarm panels do spill heat, it’s still a warm top. The long zip-neck is ideal for ventilating.
Verdict: A versatile top that justifies its price tag. It makes a warm mid and outer-layer, yet is also comfortable against the skin. Tighter elasticated cuffs would make it perfect.
Colours: Red, black
Fabric: Polartec Classic 100 microfleece
Key features: Half-zip, stretch panels, non-pilling
Women’s version: Twin Shores
Contact: 0800 665410; www.blacks.co.uk