VAUDE

Boe

Country Walking Magazine (UK) - - Gear -

RRP £75 Tar­get Price £60 I felt like I’d signed up to NASA when I pulled on this space age top from Ger­man brand Vaude. There’s some­thing about this slim-fit­ting and su­per stretchy fleece, with its smooth outer tex­ture, that feels like it was en­gi­neered in a lab­o­ra­tory. ‘Tech­ni­cal’ is the word that springs to mind and it be­fits the price tag. It’s not the soft­est and cud­dli­est top in this line-up, but it’s a fleece that’s been re­fined for op­ti­mum per­for­mance in the tough­est con­di­tions. On the in­side, the fine, light insulation is a grid pat­tern of tufty squares and thin fur­rows, let­ting the fleece ‘breathe’ bet­ter when your body’s work­ing hard. A half-zip lets you vent ex­cess heat on up­hill legs, which (cov­ered by flap un­der­neath) is quickly closed when you reach wind-blasted moun­tain tops. The round neck and stretchy cuffs also do a fan­tas­tic job of seal­ing in heat when needed. Elas­tane mixed with polyester gives the Boe its stretch, let­ting me move freely, whether sim­ply over stiles or hands-on scram­bly ter­rain. Longer hem and arms, al­lows for reach­ing. A nifty chest pocket is a neat ad­di­tion to this moun­tain mae­stro. PT

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