A heavyweight feel to this jacket gives it good credentials when the weather’s a bit colder. Heavier fabric is coupled with a soft-to-the-skin fleece lining that helps to draw out moisture as well as trapping heat. A drawcord hem and Velcro tabs on the cuffs help make it snug too. The Windstopper membrane means it can get a bit warm inside, especially when the sun’s out and you’re going uphill, but there are underarm vents to help cool you down. The pockets use a fleecy lining and so work well at keeping hands warm, but their low placement means they get covered up by a rucksack waistband. The hood is a nice affair, with three-way adjustment, and it also sits separately from the collar, which helps keep the wind out. The peak is reinforced, too.
Fabric: Gore-Tex Windstopper
Women’s version: Yes
*Published in Country Walking magazine, Spring 12