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Finisterre Incus Gilet

£95 www.finisterre.com

The Incus is one of three gilets in this test and the warmest one here, so if you want a vest that isn’t down, but still packs the most punch in terms of warmth, this is the one to consider. Since it’s from surfing brand Finisterre, perhaps it’s no surprise that it also scores high on windproofing and water resistance… but perhaps less so on breathability. It’s luxuriously finished with a lined fleecy collar and handwarmer pockets, plus a vast internal zippered pocket – I just wish the outer pockets had zips too. The front zip is one-way but has a storm guard, and the fit is fairly relaxed, which means it’s easy to pop on top of other layers. It’s bulkier and less packable than other vest options here – perhaps more for beach than backpacking. The 70% recycled PrimaLoft Silver insulation kept me very toasty indeed when stationary, but quickly became too warm for me when moving uphill. For breezy lowland and frosty lochside strolls it worked a treat. Weight 310g.

VERDICT: Less emphasis on ‘active’, more on ‘insulation’. A very warm, smart and luxurious feeling gilet.

BEST FOR: Blustery coasts and chilly dog walks.

Review by David Lintern @selfpwrd