Flex­i­ble Fleece

How flex­i­ble is this new fleece from Ridge­line? Phill Price ex­plains

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A su­perb medium-weight fleece from Ridge­line - as mod­elled by Phill Price

As the cooler days of au­tumn turn to win­ter, lay­er­ing our cloth­ing is one of the most im­por­tant things we can do if we want to be com­fort­able. Be­ing able to take a layer off as you over­heat slog­ging up a muddy hill, and then putting it back on as you cool down in your hide, is the smart way to man­age your com­fort. A high-qual­ity, mid-layer is a key part of that plan and the Bal­lis­tic hoodie from Ridge­line is a good choice.

This medium-weight fleece is in a dark olive green, so on cool dry days it can serve well as a light­weight jacket over a base layer, or be worn un­der a thicker jacket on the cold­est days of the win­ter. I’ll be open and say that I don’t like hoods, but I know most peo­ple do, and this one will cer­tainly keep your neck and ears warmer than any hat ever could. There’s a draw-cord around the hood open­ing to keep it close to your face so it won’t ob­scure your pe­riph­eral vi­sion, and I also like the long neck zip which again, can be used to cool you down, or be snugged up to your chin to keep the warmth in.


At the front, there are two well-de­signed pock­ets, the main one of which is huge and dou­ble-ended. It goes right across your belly, mak­ing a good hand-warmer, and can ac­cept a pi­geon or two as a game pocket. In front of this is a zipped pocket that can se­curely hold your car keys or any other valu­ables that you can’t af­ford to lose out in the field.

This is a straight­for­ward fleece, rather than the wind­proof or wa­ter­proof lam­i­nate, and for me that’s a good thing. It means that it’s prop­erly breath­able and any sweat can evap­o­rate nat­u­rally, keep­ing you com­fort­able and dry. Of course, that also means that on rainy or windy days this needs to be worn un­der a shell jacket as a warm mid-layer.

This is a highly use­ful and ver­sa­tile fleece. It will make a good ad­di­tion to any air­gun­ner’s wardrobe, and com­ing from Ridge­line we know it will last well with­out cost­ing a for­tune. I

“on cool dry days it can serve well as a light­weight jacket over a base layer”

RRP £44.99 www.high­land­out­doors.co.uk

Worn ei­ther as a light jacket or a warm mid layer, this is a very use­ful top.

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