Lowe Alpine Arctic Trail

This windproof fleece from Lowe Alpine is a superb fit, and the snug, high collar is good. The cuffs work well, using the stretch in the fabric to pull up and down, although some elastic would be better. The cosy feel of the Aleutian Windshield fabric is good, too. Warm, windproof with good breathability when you’re working hard. Mesh-lined pockets offer some ventilation and are well placed for easy access with a rucksack. The shoulders are reinforced – ideal for carrying heavy packs.

Verdict: Does everything a windproof fleece should do, yet is light and compact enough to pack away when not needed. Expensive, but worth it.

Colours: Four, inc. true red/black, black

Sizes: S-XXL

Fabric: Aleutian Windshield

Weight: 630g

Women’s version: Yes

Contact: 01539 740840; www.lowealpine.com