Baselayers, it’s always baselayers. It’s merino or synthetic, zip-neck or crew neck.
Well actually, it isnae really.
I pulled Haglöfs’ Jura out of the wrapper and stuck it on, thinking it would be nice for the drive up to Glen Coe, but like the Ventilators, I just kept it on.
It’s a nice slim fit, good length on the body and the arms which also have proper free movement. It has two zipped chest pockets (which were handy as the Wheelie doesn’t have much in the way of on-the-move storage), the cuffs have wee tabs to keep them rolled up in a loose and unrestrictive fashion, and the back is vented.
The Climatic fabric, the polyester component of which is recycled, is soft against the skin, and generally very pleasant to be in. It’s very windproof, wicks and dries very well and after two days hidden under a pile of laundry before making it into the washing machine, smelled fine, so the Polygiene treatment is doing something.
I had bright sunshine, some wind, a few showers and the Jura sailed through it. Not having a pack on meant that the back vents worked very well and I stayed comfortable all the time. I buttoned the front up and down, rolled the sleeves to shut out the cool breeze or let the heat out as desired.
There’s minimal insulation, so you don’t overheat, but the wind resistance means that you don’t chill too readily either, it had a nice wee equilibrium in my personal space you could say.
I haven’t worn a shirt on the hill or trail for years. It’s not something that had crossed my mind, but trying on a sample Jura and seeing all the usual technical features of fit, fabric and even seam placement made me wonder. I’m glad I did, I think for summer it’s great option, I’ll take it on some higher hills and see how I get on.
And no, it’s not just because it’s orange.