Snow­don Melange

Country Walking Magazine (UK) - - Gear -

RRP £26 Tar­get Price £15 Some­times keep­ing ideas sim­ple is the best way for­ward. That’s cer­tainly the case with the Snow­don Melange fleece from Moun­tain Ware­house. Let’s think about what you re­ally need from a fleece. Warmth? Check. Com­fort? Check. In fact, the fleece de­liv­ers these es­sen­tials and more, and for a sum of money that puts many other price tags to shame. I en­joyed the fluffy, lux­u­ri­ously soft feel of the Snow­don Melange, and I wore it as a mid-layer on a long, fresh day in the hills, with­out need­ing to strip off. Thin and rea­son­ably close-fit­ting it slips com­fort­ably un­der an outer layer, and is one of the light­est fleeces you’re likely to find – an un­ob­tru­sive, pack­able and quick-dry­ing piece of kit. So what’s miss­ing? Well it’s not the warm­est fleece, nor the most ro­bust. The wind goes straight through it, and it won’t stand up to truly win­try tem­per­a­tures. It doesn’t have a ful­l­length zip ei­ther, so some may miss the op­tion to open it up on sweaty climbs. The other sac­ri­fice in the name of value and sim­plic­ity is a pocket of any kind. What you see is what you get – a cosy, ex­tra layer of warmth. RB

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