The Guide offers good insulation and good weather resistance, too. Not quite as breathable as it might be when working hard, though. The pockets double as vents but the openings aren’t that big so don’t make as much difference as they might do. The zips are all DWR-treated so do a good job of keeping rain out, and the main zip is backed up by a decent storm flap, too. It has Velcro-adjustable cuffs and a drawcord adjustable hem, so will trap or spill heat as required, but the collar isn’t adjustable. The test sample still looks good after a lot of wear in some foul weather, and the styling is casual enough to make it good for general wear.
Fabric: Recycled Polyester/Spandex
Women’s version: Yes
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First published in Country Walking magazine, September 2009