IN­SU­LATED JACK­ETS: CLASS OF 2017

Country Walking Magazine (UK) - - Gear Test -

RE­GATTA ICEBOUND £70

An en­try-level in­su­la­tor with a syn­thetic fill. Lacks re­fine­ments like fleece lin­ing, and it over­heats on climbs – but it’s fine for flat­ter walks in the cold. www.re­gatta.com

SALOMON DRIFTER £135

A very clever re­versible jacket bridg­ing the out­door and ca­sual worlds. Wear the shiny side out for max­i­mum warmth on a walk, or the stretchy soft shell side out for a more ca­sual look with slightly less warmth. Neat idea. www.salomon.com/uk

PATAG­O­NIA NANO PUFF £160

An ex­tremely light jacket which packs down into its own pocket, the Nano Puff does a de­cent job and comes with DWR coat­ing too. www.patag­o­nia.com

ICE­BREAKER STRATUS HOODY £200

Ice­breaker love merino wool so much they’ve used it as in­su­la­tion; it works pretty well but not as ef­fec­tively as the usual ma­te­ri­als – and the hood is floppy and un­ad­justable, sadly. www.ice­breaker.com

MTN WARE­HOUSE FEATHERWEIGHT £100

An­other good bud­get buy, but it lacks the re­fine­ments you might ex­pect at this price. It’s rea­son­ably water re­sis­tant but the pocket zips are fid­dly and the cut is a bit re­stric­tive. www. moun­tain­ware­house.com

SHERPA PENZUM £150

A jacket that hits the Goldilocks sweet spot be­tween hot and cold, and works in ca­sual cir­cles too. Just lacks a bit of wind­proof punch. www.sherpa ad­ven­turegear.co.uk

BLACK DI­A­MOND FIRST LIGHT £180

A great hy­brid of soft shell and in­su­la­tor prop­er­ties, the First Light is sleek and slim, blend­ing ver­sa­tile Shoeller face fab­ric with the ef­fi­ciently warm Pri­maloft Sil­ver fill­ing. www.black­di­a­mond equip­ment.com

FJ FJÄLL­RÄVEN KEB PADDED HOODIE £210

A jacket that bal­ances warmth and vent­ing re­ally well, and has a great hood. But the fit is a bit loose, and it lacks a few of the re­fine­ments we’d ex­pect at this price, like a cosy fleece lin­ing. www.fjall­raven.co.uk

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