This is a modern, prac­ti­cal fleece jacket, but is it warm enough to beat the chill you’ll ex­pe­ri­ence at the lofty heights of a moun­tain­top look­out?

Trail (UK) - - INSULATED JACKETS - Tester Tim Butcher

■ Ma­te­ria● Stretch polyester fleece ■ Me■’s S-XXL ■ Wome■’s n/a

■ Weight 593g (XL)

The Privitale is an IT'S GOOD im­mensely com­fort­able and warm jacket at a great price for what you get. Its stretch polyester fleece fab­ric has a tight knit on the out­side to im­prove wear, while in­side the looser knit in­creases warmth and com­fort. The fit is close but as the fleece is very stretchy it does not re­strict move­ment. The hood is par­tic­u­larly well-de­signed with a close fit, and turns with the head eas­ily. The baf­fle be­hind the zip, long sleeves with thumb loops and gen­er­ous back length pro­tected my 6ft 2in body well to keep out draughts and re­tain body warmth. A great ben­e­fit over many jack­ets is that the pock­ets are large and eas­ily ac­cessed while wear­ing a ruck­sack. Also as fleece is very breath­able this works great un­der a wa­ter­proof jacket as part of a lay­er­ing sys­tem. The Privitale is ver­sa­tile enough to be worn over a base layer and un­der a wa­ter­proof jacket, so it can be used as your main in­su­lated layer or as back-up in­su­la­tion.

Whilst I’d be happy HOW­EVER with this as my only mid-layer on most hill days, I’d still want some­thing a lit­tle warmer and with more wind re­sis­tance, such as a down or syn­thetic in­su­lated jacket, for back-up in au­tumn or win­ter, par­tic­u­larly for camp­ing on the hill or for bothy nights or for re­ally snowy Scot­tish moun­tains days. While I like the price tag, I’d be happy to pay a few ex­tra pounds for a hem draw­cord to lock out drafts and re­tain the great fit if I was lucky enough to lose a few pounds in weight on a trip. But the main draw­back here is the weight and bulk of this jacket com­pared to warmer jack­ets, as any back-up jacket that is spend­ing much of the day in the ruck­sack needs to be as light and com­pact as pos­si­ble, and oth­ers are bet­ter in this de­part­ment. Sadly there is no women’s op­tion ei­ther.

For me it’s the VER­DICT per­fect mid layer, pro­vid­ing re­as­sur­ing warmth and ease of move­ment at a great price, but oth­ers are lighter and of­fer more weather re­sis­tance.

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