With the au­tumn chills start­ing, the ed­i­tor looks for a warm jacket

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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

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