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Chris Townsend reviews a basic lightweight fleece for year-round use

This review was first published in the September 2017 issue of The Great Outdoors

The Cisson is a basic light fleece at a good price. The lightweight fabric has a fleecy inner and a smoother outer. Sprayway don’t claim it’s a directional fabric but it does wick moisture well and dries quickly when damp. Breathability is excellent. It has barely any wind resistance and so is very much a midlayer. Only on calm days would you wear this as the outer layer. The two-tone appearance suggests it’s made from two different fabrics but it isn’t, that’s just cosmetic.

The design is fine. The two pockets are roomy and can be used when wearing a hipbelt. Inside one there’s a small slot for a headphone cord. The double-layer collar is snug. The cuffs are roomy enough to allow the sleeves to be pushed up for ventilation. The hem does rise a little when you stretch but not enough to be a problem. The fabric stretches slightly. The fit is quite generous anyway with the Medium being larger than some of the Large garments reviewed.

As a light fleece for year-round use, the Cisson is a good choice, especially at this price.

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Overview

  • Overall: 4 out of 5

Pros: cost, weight, pockets

Cons: nothing

  • Price: £55
  • Weight: 375g (M)
  • Materials: Exo/Therm 50 microfleece
  • Hood: no
  • Front Closure: zip with inner flap
  • Pockets: 2 handwarmer
  • Cuffs: plain
  • Hem: plain
  • Sizes: men S-XXL
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