This double-layer top is very warm and deﬁnitely one for winter weather
It makes a good mid layer but can also be worn as a base layer as the inner consists of fast-wicking polypropylene mesh. The outer is soft merino wool reinforced with a little polyester.
The combination traps warm air in the mesh and between the two layers and is very effective. The garment is quite stretchy and moves easily with you. I did ﬁnd the hood, which has a smooth lining, a bit tight though. It pulled at the back, suggesting there’s not quite enough material here. I wouldn’t want a larger size in the body however. The pockets are snug but lie under a rucksack hipbelt.
The sleeves are long with thumb loops, which is good for cold weather. The garment isn’t wind or water resistant of course. It’s very much an inner layer except in calm dry conditions. Even though the summer and early autumn was quite cool it wasn’t cold enough for this top. I’m looking forward to trying it in really cold weather.
Reviewed in November 2015 issue
Pros: fast wicking, very warm
Cons: hood a little tight, pockets cut off by hipbelt
- Price: £102
- Weight: 497g
- Fabric: outer: 80% merino wool/20% polyamide, lining: polypropylene mesh
- Hood: Yes
- Front closure: full-length zip, inner flap
- Pockets: two handwarmer
- Cuffs: stretch, thumb loops
- Hem: stretch
- Sizes: men XS-XL, women XS-XL