RAB

Nexus

Country Walking Magazine (UK) - - Gear -

RRP £65 Tar­get Price £56 The Nexus is a fleece I felt con­fi­dent reach­ing for on al­most any oc­ca­sion: whether just nip­ping down to the pub on a cool spring evening or strik­ing out early for the top of Snow­don. A light­weight hoody, it’s a ver­sa­tile mid layer that’s warm enough to wear com­fort­ably in the cooler sea­sons and on sum­mer jaunts in the high cools of the moun­tains. A grid of fuzzy ovals on the in­side do the in­su­lat­ing bit, while the spa­ces in be­tween give per­spi­ra­tion a bet­ter chance of mak­ing a quick es­cape (or to put it an­other way, im­prove the ‘breatha­bil­ity’). This Ther­mic fleece ma­te­rial also proved won­der­fully stretchy, not chaf­ing or pinch­ing when I needed to reach and twist. While snug and cover­ing your neck when zipped up, the hood (which is elas­ti­cated around the open­ing), is not so tightly fit­ted as the Paramo Ostro. And on the whole, the fit is looser than Vaude’s Boe. Two hand­warmer pock­ets add to the more ca­sual feel of this fleece. Yet it’s also got a chunky, durable zip that re­minds us this jacket is more than ca­pa­ble of with­stand­ing the rough and tum­ble of life out­doors. PT

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