A snug fitting jacket that would have felt quite restrictive if it wasn’t for the stretchy fabric. It’s warm for its modest weight and not as breathable as some, making it a better bet for those that feel the cold. But it made a good outer layer, with well-placed, mesh-backed pockets and effective DWR that did a good job of repelling the odd shower. It has a high, snug and very soft collar that really locked the heat in when needed but the cuffs are too tight to pull up easily so it drops a mark here. As a mid-layer it provides a decent amount of insulation and the snug fit means it doesn’t feel too bulky.
Women’s version: Yes
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Published in Country Walking magazine, April 2013