Smartwool – Women’s PhD Run Short Sleeve Crew

I was pleasantly surprised. The t-shirt is very lightweight, so it doesn’t feel like something you have to drag around. It keeps the chill off in really cold weather, and wicks sweat away so you don’t get too clammy. The neckline isn’t too high, which means I can run without feeling like I’m being strangled. It’s long enough to keep draughts out too.

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Smartwool – PhD Smartloft Divide Top

I’ve been testing one in a less garish all-black, but the yellow shows up better in photos. The idea is that you get a full-zip long-sleeved midlayer which has the benefit of keeping your chest (and therefore your core) warm when you’re running in to the wind. The nylon panelling is fairly windproof, and also coated in a durable water repellent so it sheds drizzle well, and it’s insulated with a layer of warm wool which continues to insulate you when the nylon eventually lets water through, or your sweat saturates everything.

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Smartwool – Thermal Mid-layer Heavy Full Zip Jacket

It looks smarter than a fleece. I’d readily wear it on an evening out as a coat, as much as I’d wear it on a chilly hike. And it feels heavier and better quality than a fleece too. The design, all in black with a subtle red trim behind the zips, is very sophisticated which makes this jacket a true crossover from outdoor to mainstream markets.

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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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Smartwool – PhD Mid-Crew Socks

If you’ve ever looked a sheep in the eye you may be forgiven for thinking that there wasn’t much going on in that little woolly mind. There is, after all, not much involved in standing around eating grass, growing wool and avoiding being eaten by wolves.

But, if the guys at Smartwool are to be believed, some of their Merino sheep are actually clever enough to have obtained doctorates.

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