Fleece jack­ets

Find the best for your bud­get

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UP TO £50 At this price you get a ba­sic in­su­la­tion layer that will pro­vide the warmth needed for hill­walk­ing, but it will tend to lack the ben­e­fits of more ex­pen­sive prod­ucts. The fleece may be slightly thin­ner, so it’s not as warm as some costlier op­tions. You may not get any pock­ets nor a hood. More sub­tle miss­ing de­tails may in­clude no draught baf­fle be­hind the front zip, the front zip may only ex­tend to the chest and there may be no zip garage to pre­vent the top of the zip from scratch­ing your chin or neck area. This price band of fleece jack­ets is good for gen­eral hill­walk­ing, though, and if you are on a tight bud­get you don’t need to spend more to be warm and com­fort­able on the hills. FROM £51 TO £100 There is a clear im­prove­ment in per­for­mance in this price band com­pared to the lower-priced prod­ucts. The fleece ma­te­ri­als may be slightly thicker, and there­fore warmer, or you may get ad­di­tional ben­e­fits, such as a pair of well-placed pock­ets or a hood. The fleece ma­te­ri­als may also of­fer ad­di­tional wind re­sis­tance or breatha­bil­ity, or they may have a more durable outer face so they don’t snag on rocks so eas­ily. In gen­eral, the jack­ets in this price bracket are well suited to more reg­u­lar hill­walk­ers who will ben­e­fit from the small but in­cre­men­tal ex­tras on of­fer. FROM £101 In this price band the ben­e­fits are di­rected to more spe­cific user needs. So you get more stretchy ma­te­ri­als that may of­fer ex­cel­lent lev­els of mois­ture man­age­ment, along with higher lev­els of breatha­bil­ity, wind re­sis­tance or warmth. You will also have ex­cel­lent pocket de­signs that al­low eas­ier ac­cess while wear­ing ruck­sacks and a hood that fits and moves very well with your head. The over­all fit of these jack­ets may be more tai­lored to pro­duce a closer and more ath­letic style, which bet­ter suits the needs of more ac­tive users, climbers and moun­taineers. Hill­walk­ers can still ben­e­fit from these de­signs, though, if they can stretch to the price tags.

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