An important part of your walking outfit is a comfortable – but also visually-appealing – midlayer. The Strata Jacket certainly fits this bill. This is a comfy fleece made using a flat-face fabric and it’s available in several different colours. ‘Vivacious pink’ was my choice, which sounds brighter than it is in the flesh – a colour that looks good with pretty much everything. The jacket has two outer zip pockets and two inner pockets, leaving you loads of room for the essentials like map, phone and snacks. The seams and stitching are excellent, and the jacket is very light and compresses down small, as well – handy for cramming into the backpack. Overall, I really like this jacket and can’t really find any faults to pick up on; it even looks good on as it is form fitting and also lives up to the ‘wash & wear’ claim.
► Verdict: Looks and feels good when on and keeps you warm.
► Best for: Keeping warm and comfortable on top.
Review by DofE participant Alannah White