The SmartWool TML Mid Half Zip

The SmartWool TML Mid Half Zip

Could the traditional fleece, long the staple gear choice of hillwalkers and outdoor enthusiasts, be on its way out?

It’s a question posed by the upcoming launch of a range of clothing by SmartWool, which combines a nylon outer with a merino wool lining which, the company says, offers a less bulky alternative to fleece.

The firm is best known for its socks, with merino wool offering better odour control than many synthetic fabrics. Its SmartWool HyFi will appear in a range of clothing hitting the shops in autumn and offers the same benefits, while the outer fabric gives better abrasion resistance.

“SmartWool HyFi [is] a bi-component fabric that puts the extraordinary comfort of merino wool next to the skin and a smart nylon facing next to rocks, trees and bushes,” the blurb says. “Inside it works naturally with the body managing moisture, fighting odours, and aiding breathability. Outside it’s more durable and ready to perform.”

SmartWool HyFi contains a combination of 64 per cent merino wool and 36 per cent nylon.

The TML Full Zip Hoody

The TML Full Zip Hoody

It will appear in the men’s and women’s TML Full Zip Hoody which provides maximum warmth with minimum bulk.

“This articulated, simple hoody design features all the outstanding benefits of SmartWool HyFi,” according to the Colorado-based firm, which is part of the Timberland company.

The tops will have secure zip chest pockets with Durawelt finishes, articulated elbows, engineered thumbholes surrounded by NTS Lightweight material for comfort and clean finish binding at sleeve opening.

Other designs which feature the new fabric include the men’s and women’s TML Mid Vest and the TML Mid Half Zip.

The products are due in the shops in early autumn.