RO­HAN

Mi­crorib Stow­away

Country Walking Magazine (UK) - - Gear -

RRP £70 Tar­get price £70 Fleeces don’t have to be tech­ni­cal pieces of gear to do their job, but tech­nol­ogy can at least en­hance per­for­mance, and that’s the case with this par­tic­u­lar fleece. Ro­han use a spe­cial ‘nee­dle-out’ knit­ting tech­nique to weave to­gether the Mi­crorib Stow­away and the re­sult­ing ribbed tex­ture is meant to make it lighter, more breath­able, quicker to dry and eas­ier to pack. I can’t say that I no­ticed any­thing ex­cep­tional about its pack­a­bil­ity and its weight is about av­er­age for a fleece. But it did cope slightly bet­ter than some when I went into over­heat half way up a stub­born Welsh hill­side, wick­ing away ex­cess mois­ture and keep­ing me slightly fresher if not ex­actly cool. I also found the Stow­away quick to dry when it got a lash­ing of un­ex­pected rain. There are a cou­ple of bonus fea­tures as well – thumb loops and an in­ter­nal pocket, which is de­signed more for stow­ing away the jacket than for hold­ing valu­ables. The jacket isn’t as well­tai­lored as, for in­stance, the Sprayway or Fjall­raven fleeces, and it isn’t the most stylish ei­ther, though that is ad­mit­tedly a rare fea­ture in a fleece. RB

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