Country Walking Magazine (UK) - - Gear -

RRP £25 Tar­get Price £19.50 Of all the fleeces you’ll read about in these re­views, you get the big­gest bang for your buck with Snugpak’s aptly named Im­pact – 344g (in a medium) of it for £25 (less if you shop around). The Im­pact keeps thing sim­ple. Thick and un­fussy, it’s a mid-layer made for trap­ping body heat on win­ter hikes – a func­tion it per­formed bril­liantly dur­ing the icy em­brace of the ‘Beast from the East’. Loose fit­ting yet won­der­fully toasty, it also wicks sweat, which is a vi­tal trait in cold con­di­tions, be­cause mois­ture trapped next to the skin saps body heat. It also felt very durable, with an anti-pilling fin­ish to coun­ter­act abra­sion. A snug, neck hug­ging col­lar (mer­ci­fully free from scratchy la­bels) helped lock in the warmth, and when I did feel like I was start­ing to over­heat on up­hill slogs, I could sim­ply un­zip its half-length zip to quickly vent ex­cess body heat. You don’t get a hood or any pock­ets, and un­for­tu­nately (be­ing a uni­sex gar­ment) it doesn’t come in a ver­sion tai­lored to women’s fig­ures. But if these down­sides don’t bother you, the Im­pact will prove it­self to be an ex­cel­lent in­vest­ment. PT

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