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Bleak in the Peaks with Extrem Micro Down Jacket

Determined to try out the Berghaus Extrem Micro Down Jacket in more challenging weather, and tempted by several weather forecasts that promised significant snow in the Peak District, I loaded up my car and set of for Castleton. It’s a bit wet looking I arrived about ten o’clock, it had obviously been snowing but it was wet snow and was already beginning to melt, there was a mist on the top of Mam Tor, to be honest it was not looking too promising. It did not look like the deep... Read More


‘Kit-Check – Jack Wolfskin Cloudburst Jacket’

The Jack Wolfskin Cloudburst is a classic smooth styled jacket and one of the lightest in their waterproof range. Designed using Jack Wolfskins Texapore fabric technology, the Cloudburst keeps the wind and rain away and is constructed from a robust material for durability. It is an ideal garment to pack into the rucksack just in case of a down pour and stashes into it’s own pocket to save on space. This jacket has a fixed adjustable hood, two hip pockets, adjustable hem, elasticated cuffs and discreet Jack Wolfskin branding. TEXAPORE... Read More


‘Kit-Check – Jack Wolfskin Iceland 3-in-1 Waterproof Jacket’

The beauty of the 3-in-1 jacket is it’s versatility. A waterproof, windproof, breathable jacket with a warm inner layer. All this in one buy, giving you various options of wear to suit the weather or your outdoor activity. The outer part of the jacket is Texapore fabric which is waterproof,windproof and breathable with a soft cotton-like finish, making it both practical and stylish, to be worn in town or on the hills. The inner fleece is a tough Nanuk 200 fabric, it is quite thick, warm and quick drying. It... Read More


‘Kit-Check – Berghaus Stainton Half Zip Fleece’

This stylish looking pullover fleece is good to be worn on it’s own on not so cold days, however it is also very functional as a mid-layer for more extreme winter activity. It feels thicker than some fleeces adding to that warm feeling. Fabric: AT Optic (100% Polyester) Half length frontal zip 1 Napoleon zip pocket Stretch binding at the cuffs and hem    


‘Kit-Check – Mountain Equipment Micro Zip T’

When layering for a winter walk or climb, the mid-layer is as important as the base or shell-layer. This layer is often the main source of thermal protection. Fleeces are the most regularly used mid-layer, so which one you choose is important if you want to be sufficiently warm, without getting hot and sticky. Here is one from Mountain Equipment that is simple in it’s design, but still warm and fast drying. It is also handy to slip on to wear as an everyday jacket.  Fabric: POLARTEC Classic 100m Flatlock seams... Read More