Product Review / Walking Gear Test
Colours: Black, White, Thin Ice
Sizes: S - XXL
Patagonia says:"The Polartec® base layer is made from fast-wicking, full-stretch polyester [print and solid: 65% recycled] and spandex blend that provides next-to-skin comfort, and is versatile enough to be worn as a primary layer when you're going all out."
Features to Note:
- Fast-wicking, full-stretch polyester-spandex blend for next-to-skin comfort
- Smooth face slides easily under layers
- Quarter front-zip with zipper garage
- "Barely there" seams are light, strong and snag-resistant
- Offset shoulder seams and Y-Joint™ sleeves
I've worn the Patagonia Velocity Fleece as a base layer for winter walking and as my main top for high intensity nordic walking sessions in fine autumnal conditions.
This really is an extremely comfortable garment with a lovely soft feel next to the skin.
The fabric is extremely stretchy which combined with the close fitting cut - means the end result is a garment which provides a great range of movement. Also - it lies very well over your hips so can be worn either outside or inside trousers without any excess flapping or bagging material.
I was certainly warm enough using the Patagonia Velocity as part of a layering system. As someone who often has cold hands I really liked the feature on the cuffs which allowed me to hook my thumbs through the bottom of the sleeve to make sure it stayed snugly down inside my gloves.
The breathability was also impressive during higher energy periods.
The Patagonia Velocity is an impressive, technical base-layer for use as part of a layering system in winter walking. It's from Patagonia, a company with long established 'green' credentials. If that's important to you, then note that the fabric in this fleece is made from re-cycled soft drink bottles. The base-layer itself can be recycled via Patagonia's Common Threads Garment recycling initiative.
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