This is a technical fleece that will work brilliantly as a mid-layer or an outer layer. It’s made from two different fabrics. The arms, shoulders and hood are the new super-soft Polartec Powerwool, which is seriously comfy as well as warm, stretchy, breathable and odour resistant. The body is Millet’s Fleecewool material, which is again warm, stretchy and comfy, although less soft to the touch on the outside.
The jacket has two gigantic handwarmer pockets and an external chest pocket for valuables. The fitted hood would work under a helmet or even another hat on extra cold days. The main zip comes up really high to keep the cold out and, unusually for a fleece style top, you can adjust the waist – via a toggle that’s easy to use with one hand. Fit is athletic while still giving good range of movement and, available in two colour options, it looks good too – a bit different without being too bright.
This review first appeared as part of a group test in Adventure Travel magazine issue 121.