Keela – Sherpa Jacket

Warmth is not an issue with the Primaloft insulation under the windproof outer shell, it kept me comfortably warm on some chilly ambles with the dog. With a bit more exertion I think the breathability of the materials should keep the sweat levels down. Should you get too hot with it on it shouldn’t be a problem to stuff it into your rucksack with it adding very little weight.

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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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Snugpak – TS1 Smock

The first thing you notice when you put on the TS1 is the arrangement of pockets and velcro on the belly. It feels odd – unlike many other jackets – but makes absolutely perfect sense when you put a backpack on. There’s a large zippered pocket across the whole belly which is plenty big enough for maps, notebooks and the like. And underneath that is a dual pocket for phone and other small items which is secured by a simple, glove-friendly, Velcro strap. The larger of these 2 pockets easily takes my Samsung Note, and the smaller is perfect for an emergency flapjack!

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Bridgedale – DuoLite Beanie Hat

The DuoLite is made from 2 layers of DriRelease fabric, which is as soft as linen and will dry off quicker than a natural-fibre weave if it gets wet or sweaty. DriRelease is an American fabric which uses a mix of moisture-loving and moisture-hating threads to pull sweat from your skin and then actively encourage it to evaporate away, rather than soak in to the fabric.

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Fjallraven – Ovik Trousers

They’re made from Fjallraven’s G1000 fabric which is a very dense weave of polyester with 35% cotton thrown in. The result is a textile which feels lighter than a denim but which is windproof, UV-resistant and very abrasion resistant. In fact, the weave is so dense that they’re actually drizzle-proof. You’ll get damp eventually, but the low cotton content means that they’ll dry much, much quicker than jeans or other work trousers.

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