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Black Diamond Access LT Hybrid Hoody

£180

At 360g the Access LT sits towards the lighter end of things, and is aimed more at active mountain use than keeping you warm when you’re stationary and settled down. That comes via a trilogy of fabrics: stretch Schoeller softshell panels along the underarm and down the sides of the body, Pertex Quantum on the rest to keep off the wind and light moisture, and weatherproof Primaloft Gold within to trap heat. The overall design is fantastic, with a sleek but unrestrictive fit, effective hem adjusters in the two hand pockets, two inner storage pouches and a truly superb, well fitted and two-way adjustable helmet-compatible hood. I found it to function exactly as claimed: impressively breathable, effortlessly comfortable and well-suited as a rugged outer or accommodating mid-layer for cooler aerobic pursuits from hillwalking to cycling to scrambling and climbing. It would only make a suitable belay jacket for warmer climates, but when used as part of a sensible layering system this is as versatile as insulation gets. Very highly recommended.

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Review by Dan Aspel @danaspel