This windproof fleece from The North Face has a snug, good-length body, warm, medium height collar and cosy, well-cut sleeves. The hem is adjusted with a single-hand drawcord and the elasticated cuffs are spot on. The WindWall polyester fleece fabric feels superb against the skin, providing plenty of insulation when used as a mid-layer as well as wind protection as an outer shell. It sacrifices a small amount of windproofness for extra breathability which may cost it a little in warmth on a cold, windy day. The pockets double as vents – great for really energetic walking – and it’s light and compact in a pack, too.
Colours: Six including ignition orange, empire blue and English green
Fabric: WindWall polyester fleece
Women’s version: Yes
Contact: 01539 738882, www.thenorthface.com
Verdict: A lightweight, inexpensive fleece that offers warmth, weather protection and superb breathability. Hard to beat as a mid-layer or an outer layer.