The Switch Vest is an insulated mid-layer that is ideally suited to those needing to move fast over technical ground. The versatile piece is a fantastic all-rounder providing a balance of warmth, breathability and temperature control.
Mountain Equipment says:
A hybrid vest with an insulated front and low profile grid fleece back for fast moving mountain sports. Highly breathable and fast drying POLARTEC® Alpha® insulation is combined with our lightweight 20D RS shell fabric in the front of the body for wind resistance. Pontetorto® Tecnostretch 187 panels in the back and sides minimise bulk and dry even faster after a strenuous ascent.
Mountain Equipment's Switch Insulated Vest is a very technical vest, the outer fabric offers good wind protection but it's also there protecting the Polartec Alpha insulation. This combo gives you some warmth, but it comes into it's own when you're really active in this piece. Polartec Alpha insulates but doesn't overheat you when you start to move.
This garment will provide similar levels of warmth as a lightweight micro fleece, but when you set off on your trek, climb, ride or whatever you're doing you won't need to take it off and pack it away, you should remain comfortable in it.
- Reviewed by BasecampGear