Pick of the kit

Universal Colours Spectrum Lightweigh­t gilet, £100, universalc­


There isn’t often much to get excited about in a gilet but the Spectrum offers a couple of neat features. One is the stretch mesh panels on the sides and back of the garment, which make the otherwise inelastic nylon fit neatly as well as improve breathabil­ity. The other is the Vislon Slim zip. It is recycled, and function-wise folds unobtrusiv­ely so the gilet can be packed down easily.

The £100 pricetag is high but UC’S commitment to social and environmen­t good practice may help offset the cost.

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