Rab Double Pile (2012)

A heavy fleece and therefore very warm. Double-pile fabric really traps the heat in. That also makes it bulky, however, and this certainly isn’t the kind of garment to tuck away in your pack for emergency use. Although it may not look like it, the face fabric has a water-repellent treatment which means that you can wear the top in damp conditions without getting soaked. The woolly fabric is pleasantly soft against the skin, and the collar is high enough to bury your face into on a cold day. The wind-blocking lining isn’t quite so pleasant against the skin, with a nylon-like feel. It’s bulky, but it really is warm, and if you suffer from the cold, this is the one to go for.

Sizes: S-XXL

Weight: 857g

Women’s version: Yes

Fabric: Berber Pile fabric

Contact: 01773 601870 www.rab.uk.com

Review from Country Walking magazine, February 2012