Used & abused

Scores on the doors for Trail gear

Trail (UK) - - CONTENTS -

One of the things I love most about win­ter is wrap­ping up warm. Some peo­ple have lots of shoes, some have a lot of bags. Me, I have a thing for jack­ets. But not all jack­ets are equal. A jacket might ex­cel in cer­tain con­di­tions, or it might be an all-rounder. Oth­ers just lan­guish at the back of the cup­board, out­shone by bet­ter-per­form­ing lay­ers. Over a cou­ple of months’ use, the Hy­dro­gen has es­tab­lished it­self as a cosy, cold-weather, hill-go­ing jacket, and has also taken on the man­tle of be­ing multi-func­tional be­cause it looks so good on and off the hill. That means more value for money.

It’s made from thick Po­lartec Al­pha

Di­rect fleece, which is fan­tas­ti­cally light for the warmth. There’s a wind­proof and wa­ter-re­sis­tant but highly breath­able Per­tex Quan­tum Air shell, which means it can be used when it’s very cold, when work­ing hard up those hills or as a throw-over layer. Both men’s and women’s ver­sions come with three zipped pock­ets and a hel­met-com­pat­i­ble hood. As with all deep-pile fleece, fre­quent wash­ing can mean the lovely fluffi­ness won’t last for­ever, but with the right care, no per­for­mance should be lost.

VER­DICT

Su­per-cosy, mul­ti­func­tional and high­per­form­ing fleece jacket for cold weather con­di­tions.

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