Thick, warm and rugged. A stylish jacket, that really looks more casual than it should. Performance-wise it’s great, offering plenty of warmth with its dual-texture Alpin-wool fabric. The tough wool outer fabric couples with a microfleece lining on the inside to trap warmth next to the skin. The top certainly is warm, although bulky with it. Pound-for-pound this isn’t the warmest, and is more suited to wearing all day, as it doesn’t really compress down. The dual-material construction offers some wind-blocking properties and the top works well as an outer layer on dry, windy days. It’s not so effective as a mid-layer, though, being too bulky and warm to work under a shell.
Fabric: Alpin-wool™ Plus. Wool and nylon blend exterior/wicking polyester interior
Women’s version: No
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Review from Country Walking magazine, February 2012