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I’ve watched people wandering the mountains in these odd looking garments for years. I've laughed while they waffle on about how it’s like animals fur and you don’t need a waterproof jacket with it..... in the highlands....in winter! I’ve raised my eyes as they told me you don’t usually get too sweaty in them or tried to make me try one on after they have been wearing it with nothing underneath. The emperor's new clothes, I thought!! I was wrong! The system works well and keeps me comfortable. The hoods aren’t much good in the rain if you have hair (pile is better against skin I think) so I use a Lowe mountain cap but the shirt itself stops you ever feeling wet or cold. On the flat without a big pack on it’s good below zero, on hills or carrying loads so I’m operating at a higher temp and exerting it’s useable on its own in much lower temps. In higher temps it can get hot but the side vents do work and the heat and cooling effects are almost immediate. It’s really helpful not having to stop and change clothes too! This and an oversized synthetic belay jacket is all you need for Scottish winter which cuts down weight when you compare more traditional combos like a fleece, Goretex, Icebreaker and downy. That combo is also more robust and comfy and handles wet environments better. I never do reviews, now you know why! Highly recommended though.
Stephen Parsons16th January, 2020