Ponchos for rainy days
The Splashmacs rain poncho has been designed with the primary purpose of keeping the wearer dry. It comes in a wide range of colours – navy, red, yellow, silver, sapphire, fuchsia and black – plus a clear (colourless) version.
It’s the essential item for festivals and for coping with the UK’s unpredictable weather, according to the brand, and can even be laid out flat and used as a groundsheet. The light mac comes with a carry case with a drawstring handle, and can be decorated.
Fleeces for teddies
Mumbles might not leap to mind when discussing jackets and fleeces, but bears feel the cold too, according to the brand. Mumbles has the answer in the form of its MM84 Fleece Hoodie, which comes in navy and red, and in two sizes.
Cover for all weathers
Henbury’s H823 Milan City Waterproof Jacket is a lightweight yet warm garment that is insulated, waterproof and windproof with fully taped seams. It features a fleece lining in the neck band, a storm flap, sleeve tabs with Velcro-fastening, a hidden hood, quilted lining, three internal pockets, front patch pockets with flaps and embroidery access. It is made from 100% polyester twill with PVC coating, and comes in black and navy.
The H821 Insulated Waterproof Jacket is a blouson-style with fleece lining and a peached microfibre outer. It has a two-way front zip and zipped side pockets, hidden hood, elasticated hem and 1/2 elasticated cuffs with Velcro-fastening. As with all Henbury jackets, embroidery access is guaranteed.
Finally, Henbury has three styles of super smooth, super dense, anti-pill polyester microfleece: the Microfleece Full Zip Jacket (H850/851), Sleeveless Microfleece Jacket (H855/856) and Lightweight Microfleece . Zip Jacket (H854).
Softshell and cycling jackets
Spiro has recently added a new white/ black colourway to its Bikewear range of jackets and tops. A key piece is the S255M/F Bikewear Long Sleeved Performance Top, which is made from soft Cool-Dry performance fabric and benefits from wicking moisture control to keep the wearer fresh and comfortable. It also offers UV protection and has a zip closing key pocket to the outside centre back.
The S256M/F Freedom Softshell Jacket is windproof and features a Quick Dry Finish, making it ideal for those looking for a protective layer that offers warmth and water repellency. The two-layer jacket is made from soft athletic stretch fabric and has contour-shaped panels plus a wide range of features including a full front zip with inner storm flap, stand-up collar, thumbhole cuff, back pocket with self-lock waterproof zip, and a media-player loophole. Reflective print details keep wearers visible in low light conditions. The jacket comes in magenta/black, aqua/ black and lime/black.
Fruit of the Loom
Winter wrapped up
Fruit of the Loom’s range of practical fleece is made from a 300 gsm, low pile, 100% polyester, pill-resistant fleece fabric that the brand says offers enhanced durability and an easy surface for decoration.
For men there is a choice of the Full Zip Fleece and Half Zip Fleece, both of which feature an adjustable drawcord and stopper on the hem, and come in sizes S-2XL. The Lady-Fit Fleece has a shaped panel seam for a flattering fit and comes in sizes S-2XL.
vThe fleeces include design details such as cadet collars with herringbone neck tape and self-coloured zips to front and pockets. The Kids Outdoor Fleece, in sizes to fit ages 3-15 years, is another full zip style that is similar to the adults’ version but has no drawcord or stopper.
Cute fleeces for toddlers
The Larkwood Baby and Toddler Collection offers the cutest range of young childrenswear around, according to the brand, which adds that it uses “the softest fabrics and lots of lovely product detailing to make them extra special.”
The LW030 1/4 Zip Neck Microfleece will keep babies aged from six months to 36 months cosy and warm, and comes in pale blue, pale pink, pale yellow and navy. It features a self-fabric collar, a plastic dyed-to-match zipper, set-in sleeves and a straight hem and cuff.
Engineered jackets for tradespeople
Snickers Workwear offers a full range of jackets, fleece and softshells for the workplace. These include the newly upgraded Soft Shell Jacket and Winter Vest in stretchable, breathable and water-repellent polyester fabric with a soft, warm fleece inner layer. The jacket has pre-bent sleeves for freedom of movement, and both styles have plenty of pockets and reflective stripes, and are available in a wide range of sizes and colours.
Also new is the Quilted Jacket. Made from a water-repellent fabric lined with ‘highloft’ lightweight padding for comfort and insulation, the jacket uses stretch fabric in the armpits for enhanced ventilation and freedom of movement. The fashionable style is specially designed for those professional tradesmen and women who want everyday comfort and to dress smartly both in and out of work.