At some point summer will draw to an end. We’ve had such a fantastic spell of weather here in the UK that it’s hardly been believable! It’s encouraged more people to get the tent out and go on that camping trip they’d promised themselves they’d do.
The nights are slowly but surely drawing in and at some point soon the days will get colder. So in that vain, continuing on from our top 5 camping gadgets and top 5 family tents we’re taking a look at our top 5 fleeces/mid layers for autumn and winter 2013. Always best to be prepared!
Approved and recommended by the Duke of Edinburgh’s award scheme, this fleece is ideal for walking, hiking and expeditions.
At less than £30, this fleece represents great value. Contrast stitching, two zipped pockets, quick drying and breathable offer style while providing core warmth. A great starter option!
The Glacier Delta 1/4 Zip is constructed of Polartec Classic Micro fleece. It delivers the perfect balance between weight and insulation in cool weather. Not too heavy, not too cold.
Not only that, but it looks pretty cool as well!
The ‘nautical blue/cosmic blue’ combination is complimented nicely by the white zips and logo, while the arm pocket gives a technical appearance that belies it’s modest price.
This thermally efficient fleece top is designed for cool weather as an outer piece, or as part of a layering system in cold weather. Perfect for high aerobic activities such as hiking and snow sports, as it is lightweight and quick drying, it’s just as comfortable if you’re out walking and it gets that bit too cool, or just as a top to wear to the pub!
Mountain Equipment run a fantastic range of Polartec fleeces and if this is anything like those (which it is), it’s going to be a hit. Not only does it look great, but it’s high performance too.
It’s described as ‘a close fitting insulation layer that can be used to add extra warmth on cold climbs or as a heavyweight base layer for the most extreme conditions.’ Sounds about right to me!
With great stretch and an active cut, this top is aimed at winter climbers and mountaineers that stay active and don’t want a bulky full weight fleece under their shell layer. A mixture of fabric weights allow for wicking and maximum comfort, thumb loops keep your wrists warm when at full stretch.
The Rab PS Zip Top is a quick wicking 4-way stretch fleece pull-on top designed for highly aerobic activites, including climbing, running and biking.
Rab use an active cut, meaning it’s designed and tailored for those who will be moving a lot and don’t want their movement restricted by their clothing; Climbers, for example.
The back of the top is relatively long, ensuring that your lower back stays warm when reaching up for a hold, or perhaps a tin of beans from the shelf…
I own one of these and they are fantastically warm. If you’re active outdoors you won’t need anything else on top of this until the real winter weather kicks in. For autumn walking in dry conditions, this and a wicking base layer will do the job with no hitches (or loose stitches!)
A new brand to the outdoor clothing fraternity was introduced last year in the shape of Sherpa. It was founded by Tashi Sherpa, a descendant of the one of the team who assisted Hillary and Norgay in the first summit of Everest, who wanted to create an outdoor brand to celebrate the promote the lives of the Sherpa people of the Himalayas, many of whom are known as elite mountaineers.
Everest expeditions of this nature are not only a daunting physical challenge, but a huge logistical operation and they simply would not be possible were it not for the work of the Sherpa.
Much of Sherpa’s gear is manufactured in Nepal, the job creation in the area helps members of the Sherpa community to thrive. Many of their sponsored athletes are Sherpa and a portion of each clothing sale is donated to the Paldorje Education Fund, which provides much-needed headstart scholarships to less fortunate Sherpa children.
If all of those reasons weren’t enough to convince you to try one of these fleeces you should know that Tsepun top is more than just a nice story!
It has a Dry-Zone fabric which is fast wicking and dries incredibly quickly. Also, due to its high-tech, thermal conductivity control, it’ll keep you toasty on cold days. The fabric is woven with anti bacterial silver ions to minimise odours, while also blocking 99% of UV rays (50+ UPF) so you won’t get burned by the sun at at high elevations.
What do you think of our top 5 list of fleeces? Would you put anything different in there instead? Let us know in the comments below!