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Finisterre gear review

It doesn’t get much more niche than Finisterre – a Cornish company specialising in cold water surf apparel. It may seem strange that a surf company would appear on the radar of a hillwalking website, but amongst the hoodies and chunky jumpers are a few technical pieces that I think are worth a look. Finisterre Ekman DB Waterproof Shell Price: £250 Weight: 425g (size large) fabric, styling, hood cut, zip pulls Most outdoor brands have a 400g hardshell in their range, and Finisterre’s is pretty good. The fabric is an unbranded three-layer waterproof breathable laminate which is particularly soft and

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Midlayers for Women

Gear editor Phil Turner writes, “Generally taking the form of a light fleece pullover with a half-zip I find the combination of baselayer, microfleece and a windproof capable of dealing with most of my non-winter hillwalking. The beauty of the microfleece pullover – my preferred option – is the simplicity; a half zip for venting and a high neck for cosiness. Fleece is generally make from polyethylene terephthalate (PET) which is thermally efficient and hydrophobic and retains insulative properties when wet – ideal for a cold and wet Scottish environment. Like PET bottles fleece is also recyclable and some manufacturers

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Midlayers for Men

In previous reviews we’ve looked at baselayers and waterproof jackets, so it’s time to look at the next item in the standard hillwalking layering system – midlayers. Generally taking the form of a light fleece pullover with a half-zip I find the combination of baselayer, microfleece and a windproof capable of dealing with most of my non-winter hillwalking. The beauty of the microfleece pullover – my preferred option – is the simplicity; a half zip for venting and a high neck for cosiness. Fleece is generally make from polyethylene terephthalate (PET) which is thermally efficient and hydrophobic and retains insulative

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Warmer Baselayers

Baselayer tops have a tough job, particularly in winter – they need to keep you warm when stationary and prevent you from overheating when working hard. Moisture-management is key; sweat needs to be removed from the skin efficiently and cotton T-shirts have long been derided for UK outdoor use with good reason – when sweating the moisture tends to soak into the garment and stay there. That’s fine if you keep moving and generating heat, but when stationary a sodden T-shirt is less than ideal. The same also applies for moisture reaching the garment from the outside – getting caught

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Serious Socks

Polyamide, Elastane, merino wool, midweight, heavyweight, 3 season – the humble sock can be ridiculously complex. My personal sock approach varies according to the weather conditions, length of trip and footwear – as I generally wear mesh trailshoes I prefer a single merino-heavy wool sock that remains warm when wet. On a multi-day trip merino remains odour free for longer than a synthetic-heavy blend, but synthetic materials dry faster when wet. It’s clear that sock choice is a surprisingly tough, personal decision that can only really be made through experience and the vast range available in most outdoor shops doesn’t

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