MID LAY­ERS: CLASS OF 2017

Country Walking Magazine (UK) - - Gear Test -

EDZ MICROFLEECE £30

A great value fleece: sim­ple, light, breath­able, pack­able. Lacks body-map­ping and pock­ets, but works beau­ti­fully as a sum­mit throw-on. www.ed­zlay­er­ing.com

QUECHUA WINDWARM 800 HY­BRID £55

A slick hy­brid of soft shell and in­su­la­tion. Great body map­ping and very warm, but the hood is small and the shal­low tail rides up. www.de­cathlon.co.uk

BERGHAUS PRAVITALE LIGHT £70

For­sakes lux­u­ri­ous fleece for a prac­ti­cal stretch fab­ric which works beau­ti­fully, es­pe­cially on hill-climbs on cold days. Two well-placed hand­warmer pock­ets and near-lim­it­less adapt­abil­ity. www.berghaus.com

ROHAN TROGGINGS £79

One of the most ver­sa­tile soft shells on the mar­ket. The light, stretchy outer fab­ric mar­ried to a fleecy in­te­rior, and free­dom of move­ment is great. www.rohan.co.uk

SPRAY­WAY MINOS £40

Classy coun­try looks, and a clever fleece blend which man­ages heat nicely and doesn’t bob­ble. It’s a bit baggy though. www.spray­way.com

SHERPA KARMA £45

Slim­line and feath­ery-light, the Karma still packs a punch in terms of warmth if worn as a mid layer rather than an outer. Fit is very tight. www.sherpa ad­ven­turegear.com

MTN WARE­HOUSE EX­O­DUS £70

A soft shell by name, but re­al­is­ti­cally a hard shell. Holds out the wind cour­tesy of clever face fab­ric and soft, fleecy in­te­rior. Stiff and heavy, but fairly adapt­able. www.moun­tain ware­house.com

CRAGHOP­PERS MOOR­SIDE £80

A big soft shell that gives you a warm bear hug as soon as it’s on. Not ter­ri­bly adapt­able, but an ex­cel­lent jacket for less stren­u­ous walks on very cold win­ter days. www.craghop­pers.com

RE­GATTA SHYANN III £80

At a minis­cule 220g, it’s su­per-light; feels like pulling on an out­doorsready neg­ligée (says Rachel). Comfy and breath­able, but less water-re­sis­tant than we’d ex­pect. www.re­gatta.com

MAM­MUT MER­CURY £100

A re­ally slick, light and stretchy fleece us­ing a clever weave by Ital­ian firm Pon­te­toro. Bril­liant at reg­u­lat­ing heat, but quite ex­pen­sive and the pock­ets are use­less un­der a ruck­sack har­ness. www.mam­mut.ch

PATAG­O­NIA BET­TER SWEATER £110

Beau­ti­fully tai­lored, with su­perb fea­tures from per­fectly placed pock­ets to thumb loops and the cosiest hood of any fleece we tested this year. Fairly heavy and ex­pen­sive, but it’s money well spent. www.patag­o­nia.co.uk

RAB KI­NETIC PLUS £180

A true am­phib­ian, the Ki­netic Plus is as much a wa­ter­proof as a soft shell. Taped zips, wired peak – but none of the hot clam­mi­ness that comes with most lam­i­nate wa­ter­proofs. Soft, sup­ple, light and lux­u­ri­ous. www.rab.equip­ment/uk

RE­GATTA CARTERSVILLE III £90

A clever hy­brid, this: a mix of cosy ca­ble-knit face fab­ric plus a smooth in­te­rior, stretchy elas­tane pan­els, and a soft shell chest panel. The dense, dry wool won’t suit ev­ery­one, but def­i­nitely try it on. www.re­gatta.com

ODLO STUFF SKI MID LAYER £100

Lovely tex­ture, su­perb heat man­age­ment and you can wear it almost any­where. Has some odd flaws though: tiny, zi­p­less pock­ets, no hem ad­just­ment and a cut that is an­noy­ingly short. www.odlo.com

HAGLÖFS HAGL BOA HOOD £140

Not un­like a sec­ond rep­til­ian skin, said Rachel – and in a good way. Bril­liantly weath­er­proof – it even han­dles rain well. A slim­line fit, well-placed pock­ets and a fifine fine hood. www.ha­glofs.com/gb

PÁ PÁRAMO VELEZ AD­VEN­TURE SMOCK £245

A soft shell that’s also ef­fec­tively a wa­ter­proof (you’d hope so at £245). A tried and tested pack­age; also comes as a jacket. www. paramo-cloth­ing.com

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