Lowe Alpine Micro Grid

This lightweight fleece from Lowe Alpine was a snug fit next to the skin, but a little tight when worn over a lighter base- layer. The collar is a good height and fit, and the elasticated cuffs were easy to pull up and didn’t go baggy. This is a basic top with a medium-length zip and no pockets. The Aleutian Micro Grid fleece looks good and wears well, although it’s not as warm or bulky as the Polartec options.

Verdict: A versatile fleece that works well as a base-layer and does a reasonable job as a mid-layer. Quite a lot of money, but it should last well. A good casual top, too.

Colours: Four, including honey/magic blue

Sizes: S-XL

Fabric: Aleutian Micro Grid fleece

Key features: Deep front zip

Women’s version: Yes

Contact: 01539 740840; www.lowealpine.com