Patagonia Synchilla III Jacket

This midweight fleece from Patagonia uses PCR fabric that feels warm and soft against the skin, and the fit is near perfect, although an extra inch on the sleeves would be good. It provides plenty of warmth and has good handwarmer pockets, as well as a small zip-up pocket on the chest. Baggy cuffs might have you reaching for the gloves early on, however.

Verdict: The recycled fleece is a great concept and the fabric is warm and comfortable. However, it would be better with tighter or elasticated cuffs and the addition of a map pocket. Pricey, too.

Colours: Crimson, blue/black, charcoal, loden (green), retro khaki

Sizes: S-XXL

Fabric: 8oz PCR (recycled) polyester

Weight: 505g

Women’s version: Yes

Contact: 0800 587 1046; www.patagonia.com/europe