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This is a great piece of kit. It is snug fitting and quite 'stretchy' making it very comfy to wear. It feels nice on the skin and did not itch me at all around my exposed neck. Arms are not overly long when not using the thumb holes, and not so short they pull when you are using them. I have only worn it, so far, for one long weekend, so I cannot say if it will last. It did however hold up fine on the first outing. When wearing it under a smock during the day, (over a thin cheap merino 200g top), at around +6, it was lovely and warm but not too hot. When worn with an insulated jacket added at night (-2 and sitting around), it did an excellent job of keeping me warmer than i would have been, based on past experience. It fits nice and long in the body (I am 6'1 and slim and have a size medium). It covers up the lower back brilliantly. It has never ridden up when bending to work or lift and carry. It did not smell at all after three days of constant wear (even wore it in a sleeping bag at night). I aired it out as recommended, but it really did not seem to need it. The only thing I am not so keen on is a big metal zip pull dangling around the neck. It works fine, but for military wear it is a bit reflective, and as a mid layer it would be better with a material zip pull to avoid you mixing it up with the zip pull on the top layer. Overall, it looks and feels like a quality item, it is nice to wear and does the job very well. I look forward to its next proper outing. It looks quite smart and is so comfy that I have taken to wearing it about the house.
Steve21st November, 2017