With the autumn chills starting, the editor looks for a warm jacket
Phill Price is cosy and warm in a new William II fleece jacket from Seeland
It seems just weeks ago that I thought the relentless, stupidly hot weather would never end, but to my delight some recent mornings have had a delightful chill as I made my way to the office. I’ve even begun to reach for a jacket on early morning hunts, but I still resist any waterproof winter coats. I need some insulation, but I don’t want to feel sweaty inside the outer layer. Just right for my needs has been the William II fleece jacket from Seeland. It’s quite a simple thing, and is all the better for it. The fleece used is quite weighty, but because there’s no membrane, it breathes and allows sweat to evaporate comfortably when I struggle up a steep hill. It features shoulder patches made of quilted Ameretta microfibre, which looks like synthetic suede and the panels are sewn in the classic quilted pattern to add a classy look to the jacket. Ameretta can be machine- washed without any drying or stiffening as you’d get with leather, so is highly practical. Apart from the patches and a couple of zip- closed pockets, it’s as simple as can be.
When the chills set in, the high zipup collar and below- your- bum length offered good insulation, but opening the full- length zip allowed me cool off when I was working hard, making a very versatile jacket.
You can choose this in Moose Green and Navy Blue, but I felt the Pine Green was ideal for a hunter like me. The textured fabric and contrasting panels offered enough concealment for some less stressful hunting trips, and that was just what I wanted. It’s also the kind of jacket you can wear around the village without attracting the wrong type of attention.
When the winter really sets in this will make a superb mid- layer, over a thermal T- shirt and under a waterproof jacket, when its insulating properties will really keep you warm. Again, the full- length zip will be useful on days where you get too warm, allowing hot, damp air to be vented, but fully zipped up, there’s a huge amount of insulation on offer, making it a three- season garment of great versatility.
So far I’ve only worn it on the cool, early autumn mornings, but I can see its value already, and I think this winter will be just that bit less chilly with it on my back.
Good looks and true practicality come together in the William jacket