/ Vapour rise?
But is the trail jacket worth the extra dosh in preference to the trail top?
The jacket has a hood and a full length zip.
What are you going to be using it for? If climbing, you don't need a full length zip as you'll have a harness on. A hood is definately useful, especially for winter climbing (it'll fit nicely under a helmet and is more effective than a balaclava and stopping snow/ice going down the back of your neck) or in bad weather. Great bits of kit.
Trail top is much more closely cut- more like a base layer. Trail jacket is still tight but will go on over some layers underneath.
Had mine for 1 to 2 years now and washed it for the first time last night (surpisingly didn't smell at all bad) as it was starting to look a bit too grubby. The colour of the water that came out was grim!
I have the smock and like the close fit, however get someone to hold down your t-shirt if taking it off in a pub or everyone will see your chest!
> off in a pub or everyone will see your chest!
I used to think this too, but with a lot of practice you can peel it off from the bottom without exposing yourself :-)
> I have the smock and like the close fit, however get someone to hold down your t-shirt if taking it off in a pub or everyone will see your chest!
This style of top is designed to work without a base layer as the micro pile wicks moisture better than just about any other base layer material. As usual, there's a good article on www.psychovertical.com about shelled micro pile tops. Whichever one you go for, I'm sure you'll be happy with it.
If the OP is going to buy a Rab, make sure you try it first. Like Guy, Rab VR stuff is cut too tight for me.
I got last years trail top from Tower Ridge for a great price a few months ago. I chose it over the jacket as already own the photon hoody. The top is a fantastic bit of kit with or without a baselayer. Highly recommend it as part of your system, between windproof and full on insulation.
Hope that helps
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