Well, finally I've found something I can genuinely say I could imagine wearing at the weekend in the city just as much as I could imagine wearing it up a hill in the Lakes. What is this wondrous piece of clothing, I hear you ask? Well dear readers, it is a fleece. A Trespass Marathon fleece to be exact.
There are several reasons why I think this fleece is particularly excellent, but number one has to be the shape. It's very cleverly cut. It's a bit difficult to see on the photos, but there is a seam added across the waist which really does add something to the cut and make it feel super feminine, where other fleeces and walking tops I've tried seem to utterly fail. Even, I should add, when they claim to be cut for a woman's figure.
It also has some great practical elements to recommend it. For example, it's got a hood, which has already come in handy keeping my ears warm. It's also got thumb holes in the sleeves, which I really like as it makes it very easy to put a coat of over the top without the sleeves getting rucked up (and keeps my hands extra warm). And the fact that it has a full zip, rather than only a half zip at the neck is also really handy.
I'm sure some of you are thinking that this is all very well and good, but does it actually keep you warm. Good question. I can't claim that it'll keep you toasty on the top of a mountain in the snow because I haven't tested it in that situation. What I can say is that it's certainly been keeping me warm in the freezing weather we've got at the moment. In fact, I'm wearing it right now (our heating isn't working) and it's so cosy.
This fleece is officially my new favourite piece of walking gear. And it'll certainly be getting packed in my rucksack for all future walking trips, and no doubt any winter trips in general. I can only hope that more manufacturers take note of the fact that it is clearly perfectly possible to combine figure-flattering with practical. It gets an excellent 5/5 from me - good work Trespass!
Happy (fashionable) walking people!