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WINTER IS HERE: GET THE RIGHT GEAR

WINTER IS HERE: GET THE RIGHT GEAR

BERGHAUS RONNAS REFLECT INSULATED DOWN JACKET

A high performance jacket perfect for mountain walks

If you are looking for a jacket in which you can batten down the hatches when the temperature plummets, then you can always rely on Berghaus to come up with the goods. I have been checking out the latest winter iteration, the Ronnas Reflect Insulation Down jacket, and it most certainly does not disappoint. Being down, you can expect it to be light, although I was not expecting the Ronnas to be so incredibly featherweight. For an insulated, high performance down jacket, it is perfect for mountain walks on brisk winter days. The Ronnas is filled with ethically sourced, 600 fill hydrophobic hydro down, which has been treated with Nikwax, thereby ensuring that you stay warm throughout the day, even in wet weather. The Ronnas also boasts an internal reflective lining that re-directs heat back to your core, giving you up to 20 per cent more warmth. Features include a Pertex Quantum outer, body mapped insulation, a fully adjustable hood, elasticated cuffs and hem, internal, chest and hand warmer pockets, full frontal zip, and full lined interior. Weighing a mere 710g (size L), the Ronnas is available in sizes XS to 3XL, in orange/blue, grey, dark green, or blue. £200, .http://www.berghaus.com

SPRAYWAY SAUL FUSION JACKET

Jersey fleece with fitted collar and zipped pockets

Sprayway’s regular fit Saul Fusion is the perfect lightweight layer for these chilly days when you want something underneath your outer jacket. With a full zip fastening, you can easily adjust the ventilation to suit your needs. In double knit Polyester with a 20g InsoTHERM overlay for additional warmth in the upper body, the jersey fleece also features a fitted collar, handy drawcord hem and twin zipped pockets with mesh lining, and a full zip fastening. We would definitely recommend you have one of these in your wardrobe. £75, www.sprayway.com

SPRAYWAY DAKO HALF-ZIP

Deep centre front zip and flatlock seams

We all know how important base layers are for our comfort, no matter the time of year. Sprayway’\s Dako is a midweight top which works next to the skin as part of a layering system. In a CoreC polyester stretch jersey marl fabric, and weighing 270g, as you would expect, it boasts excellent wicking and quick drying properties, and features a deep centre front zip, and flatlocked seams. £50, www.sprayway.com

BERGHAUS THERM TEC TEE

Odour resistance and excellent wicking properties

Like the Sprayway brand, I have been wearing Berghaus base layers for years and they have never let me down, so if you are new to layering, or a seasoned outdoors person, the Therm Tec Tee is the first layer in a proven system to keep you warm on the hill. The top features comfortable flatlocked seams and ARGENTIUM fabric, which essentially provides odour resistance and wicking qualities. The specially designed knitted structure retains and traps air, while the extended half zip offers easy layering and boosts airflow when you need it. £50, www.berghaus.com

TREKMATES TRION 3 IN 1 GTX GRIP GLOVES

Get to grips with the Trion 3 in 1

This waterproof and breathable mountain glove comes with a Gore-Tex grip outer glove and an Infinium Windstopper removable inner. The rolltop pre-curved fingers offer an excellent tactile grip for dexterity on the hill and ski slopes. Features include a durable, stretch outer fabric with abrasion-resistant Amara panelling, pile fleece lining, three point wrist adjuster for a secure fit, and snag-free split cord adjuster on the cuff with easy pull lock. In short, a great pair of gloves for the money. £90, www.trekmates.co.uk 

TREKMATES HOLLINZ CAP

Classic styling, waterproof and breathable

A classic style by any standards, this waterproof and breathable GTX cap features a folding peak and adjustable drawcord. Available in sizes S/M and L/X, it offers excellent weather protection and comfort, balanced heat transfer and optimum moisture management, no matter the weather. Made of durable polyamide fabric with a water-resistant finish, it features a GTX insert, triple-fold peak, wicking mesh lining and a rear exterior, one-handed drawcord adjuster. Weighing 90g, it is available in sizes S/M and L/XL. £30, www.trekmates.co.uk

BERGHAUS SYKER FLEECE JACKET

The perfect mid-layer

When it comes to layering, there is nothing nicer than a jacket that can be work over a base layer, or under an outer shell for added warmth and comfort… oh, and looks great, too That’s where the Syker comes into its own. The high loft heat trapping fleece is constructed in Polartec Classic fabric. Lightweight but warm, it is fast drying and highly breathable. So, no matter how hard you’re working, you’ll be comfortable and fresh. It features durable and robust, reinforced shoulders so you can comfortably carry a backpack; three secure zipped pockets for essentials; and stretch bound hem and cuffs. Cosy on down and you will be reluctant to take it off. £100, www.berghaus.com

REVIEWER | MICHAEL COWTON

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About The Author

Mike Cowton

Michael Cowton, an outdoors writer, editor and photographer with a passion for nature-based travel and wildlife. He is a former editor of EcoTravel, Outdoor Pursuits, Camping, Lakeland Walker and Which Motorcaravan magazines, and national newspaper journalist.

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