Walking, Hiking & Trail Running

Marmot Powertherm ½ Zip Midlayer Review

You don’t expect a midlayer to garner much excitement, but this one did on the Outdoor 100 photoshoot – everyone wanted one. Why? Well, even before putting it on, it feels so satisfyingly soft and cosy.

It is made from Polartec’s Power Wool, a pretty new material, that very cleverly combines merino and synthetic layers, taking the best advantages of merino (warming and breathable when wet, odour resistance) and those of synthetic fabrics (maintaining shape when washed, fast drying, easy care).

It also wicks moisture away from the skin brilliantly thanks to its two-layer construction that has the natural wool against the skin and the synthetic layer on the outer. Not that you’d notice, the Powertherm is a very thin and lightweight garment that feels even more amazing once you put it on. It’s a snug fitting top with an equally cosy hood.

“It wicks moisture away from the skin brilliantly thanks to its two-layer construction.”

The patterning on the wool traps air brilliantly, meaning it warms really well but also, thanks to the wool, keep you warm even when wet. There’s a zipped chest pocket and elastic cuffs with integrated thumb holes, and all the seams are flat locked, meaning a backpack won’t rub on the pressure points.

So, there we have plenty of reasons to get excited over a midlayer. This will quickly become a go to piece in the gear wardrobe all year round.

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