This is a lighter-weight fleece than many out there, using a thinner grade of material that also makes it one of the least expensive too. The downside is a lack of insulation. This really only provides warmth as part of a layering system. It is designed to zip into a corresponding shell jacket. A drawcord around the hem helps to pull the top tight to the waist and trap some heat, but the elasticated cuffs, although weight-saving in their design, are too loose and baggy to seal your wrists up properly. That does mean the sleeves can easily be rolled up, though, which many walkers may appreciate. For something so lightweight, there are quite a lot of seams and stitching that gets in the way when wearing a rucksack.
Fabric: Thermal Balance Plus microfleece
Women’s version: No
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Review from Country Walking magazine, February 2012.