Flex­i­ble Fleece

How flex­i­ble is this new fleece from Ridge­line? Phill Price ex­plains

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A su­perb medium-weight fleece from Ridge­line - as mod­elled by Phill Price

As the cooler days of au­tumn turn to win­ter, lay­er­ing our cloth­ing is one of the most im­por­tant things we can do if we want to be com­fort­able. Be­ing able to take a layer off as you over­heat slog­ging up a muddy hill, and then putting it back on as you cool down in your hide, is the smart way to man­age your com­fort. A high-qual­ity, mid-layer is a key part of that plan and the Bal­lis­tic hoodie from Ridge­line is a good choice.

This medium-weight fleece is in a dark olive green, so on cool dry days it can serve well as a light­weight jacket over a base layer, or be worn un­der a thicker jacket on the cold­est days of the win­ter. I’ll be open and say that I don’t like hoods, but I know most peo­ple do, and this one will cer­tainly keep your neck and ears warmer than any hat ever could. There’s a draw-cord around the hood open­ing to keep it close to your face so it won’t ob­scure your pe­riph­eral vi­sion, and I also like the long neck zip which again, can be used to cool you down, or be snugged up to your chin to keep the warmth in.

HIGHLY VER­SA­TILE

At the front, there are two well-de­signed pock­ets, the main one of which is huge and dou­ble-ended. It goes right across your belly, mak­ing a good hand-warmer, and can ac­cept a pi­geon or two as a game pocket. In front of this is a zipped pocket that can se­curely hold your car keys or any other valu­ables that you can’t af­ford to lose out in the field.

This is a straight­for­ward fleece, rather than the wind­proof or wa­ter­proof lam­i­nate, and for me that’s a good thing. It means that it’s prop­erly breath­able and any sweat can evap­o­rate nat­u­rally, keep­ing you com­fort­able and dry. Of course, that also means that on rainy or windy days this needs to be worn un­der a shell jacket as a warm mid-layer.

This is a highly use­ful and ver­sa­tile fleece. It will make a good ad­di­tion to any air­gun­ner’s wardrobe, and com­ing from Ridge­line we know it will last well with­out cost­ing a for­tune. I

“on cool dry days it can serve well as a light­weight jacket over a base layer”

RRP £44.99 www.high­land­out­doors.co.uk

Worn ei­ther as a light jacket or a warm mid layer, this is a very use­ful top.

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