Outdoor Research – Men’s Deviator Hoody

The Polartec Power Grid wicking and general non sweat properties are amazing, you will of course perspire under a heavy rucksack when walking uphill but once you stop the wicking begins and the garment dries out. Of course the most amazing feature of all being that the jacket does not smell, even after a few days of continuous use.

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Paramo – Mountain Vent Pull-On

The Mountain Vent Pull-On is a very adaptable alternative to base and mid-layers for winter, where the temperature can vary between -5 and 10C in a day. Partnered with a close-fitting jacket it is very warm, and worn on its own can be great when the going gets sweaty. Minor annoyance is the location of the arm zips. Note that the world will see your nipples when you reverse it, because it has to be worn next to skin.

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Smartwool – Microweight Tee

I found myself on an Ocean Kayak, a hundred metres off a Welsh beach and soaked from head to toe after capsizing over an embarrassingly small wave. What seemed to be a sunny and warm day was all-of-a-sudden chilly and breezy, and I was feeling distinctly under dressed. Luckily, I’d had a little bit of foresight and put on the only non-cotton item in my travelling wardrobe which was the Smartwool Microweight Tee.

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SubZero Factor 2 mid layer thermals

As someone who appears to have collected far too many thermal items over the past few years (including a pair of ancient, grubby, yellowing granddad long johns which I can hear whimpering in my drawer at night), it has taken me a while to get around to writing this review because the intention was always to test my SubZero thermals while out on my motorbike in the cold.

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