This midweight fleece from Columbia could be made to measure, and when it comes to insulation layers, fit makes a lot of difference. The collar is the perfect height and snug without being tight, while the elasticated cuffs can be pulled up and down without losing their shape. The Classic Polartec 200 fabric is lovely and soft, too. With such a great fit this fleece is bound to perform as a mid-layer, but also does well as an outer, where the large inside pockets are perfect for a map or guidebook. There’s also a zipped security pocket for keys and loose change. It misses a perfect 10 due to the two-way main zip, which is fiddly to get started.
Colours: Gypsy (red), night shadow (dark blue), dark adobe (brown), black
Fabric: 100% polyester Polartec Classic 200 Double Velour Micro
Women’s version: Yes
Contact: 00 800 4378 7833, www.columbia.com
Verdict: A superb fleece boasting plenty of useful features. Excellent value for money, and difficult to fault, apart from a fiddly two-way zip.