This midweight fleece from Peter Storm is a nice fit with good-length arms, a high, snug collar and drawcord hem. The fleece cuffs go a little baggy after being pulled up and down a few times, but that’s a minor gripe. The Thermatech 200 fabric offers the right amount of insulation and this jacket could certainly be used as an outer or mid-layer. It has a chest pocket, but it’s not big enough for a map.
Colours: Dark olive, navy, black
Fabric: Thermatech 200 polyester
Women’s version: Hepworth
Contact: 0800 389 5861, www.millets.co.uk
Verdict: At £25, the Carrick certainly offers value for money, but it’s a pretty basic fleece with a limited choice of pockets and baggy cuffs that won’t keep the warmth in.
This fleece mid layer weighs 504g (size L); thick, hard-wearing fleece compared to some; two zipped hip pockets; zip chest pocket; warm and very breathable fleece. But a little more bulky than some; hip pocket access easily obscured by rucksack belts; is not particularly highly featured for absolute practical performance; no hood.
Verdict: Buy it if you want a general-purpose fleece that keeps you warm, rather than boasting practical features.