Timberland System Fleece Vest

This fleece mid layer is a good all-rounder if you want some proper pockets but don’t want to look like you’ve just stepped off the cable car from the high peaks. The fabric has a tight knit, making it a little more wind-resistant than some without reducing breathability. The material also looks quite inoffensive and not overtly technical. Two chest pockets are positioned high on the body and allow easy storage and access to maps for example while wearing a rucksack. The rest of the design is pretty standard with elasticated cuffs and hem, plus a high collar. A great fleece for general use, backpacking and hill-walking. But like most fleeces this does not have a hood. A drawcord at the hem and some cuff adjustment would be welcome, as would a collar drawcord perhaps. Other mid layers are a little more stretchy too and also some are much lighter.

 

Fabric: polyester
Sizes: S-XL
Weight: 596g (size L)
Made in China
UK stores: no info provided
 

Verdict: Buy it if you want a good all-round practical mid layer for hill-walking and backpacking.