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14 October 2021

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    @Alistairuff Thanks! I can’t see many Polartech things available in the UK after a bit of searching, but I’ll keep my eyes open.

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    @frijole Thanks, but still polyester/nylon outer, which I assume would be a bit "outdoors" and rustly. And not convinced it would be as warm as this Patagonia one.

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    @markhurrell Good tips, ta!

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    @paulpod Too cold. It's possible we should just have the heating on longer and hotter… And use the apparently evil wood burner more.

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    @paulpod I wear a similar one of their tops most of the year! Very good.

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    @markhurrell I was wondering about replacing one of the two merino zip-up top layers with a fleece…

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    @duncangeere The zip functions OK, but when it's done up the whole front bumps in and out 2-3 inches. Not the end of the world as I only wear it indoors, but it looks a bit weird.

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    @markhurrell Very nice! But not convinced it'd be as warm as down. Maybe to replace one of my other layers though…

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    @D_Nye_Griffiths @designscold Ugh, yeah. I almost daren't look at my few jackets and woollen trousers, untouched for too long.

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    To be clearer, I'd only want to replace this rustly Patagonia vest, with its annoying zip that bumps in and out, with something equally as warm as its 800-fill-power down. Last winter I was already wearing a base layer and two merino zip-up tops as well as this vest.

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    @jonheslop Thanks, but doesn't look as cosy as 800-fill-power (whatever that means) down.

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    @philsheard I'd assumed fleeces aren't as warm as padded down, but not sure how to actually tell.

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    @whoisdanw Yeah, I'd assumed fleeces aren't as warm as padded down, but not sure how to actually tell.

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    @designscold @D_Nye_Griffiths I've realised I never get my woollen jumpers out of their mothproof bags so, nice as they are, trying to avoid any more, given our many, many moths :(

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    @mrstth Thanks. Can't see any vests at the moment though. But they do look very dynamic!

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    @designscold Can't bring myself to by Barbour. Rapha's vests are all cycling-y. Uniqlo's are still polyester/nylon, and I'm sceptical they'd be as warm as Patagonia's.

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    Let me know if you've seen such a thing.

    It's daft buying gear designed for climbing mountains when I'm just sitting around all day. Is anyone designing high-performance home wear?

    MOLLE-covered, super-insulated cardigans with ten pockets. Tactical pyjamas. 5.11 dressing gowns.

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    Throughout last winter I wore a Patagonia Down Sweater Vest indoors. It's very warm but I don't need the lightweight, windproof, ripstop shell, which is rustly polyester.

    I want a similar piece of high-performance clothing but designed for indoor use. Cosy and comfy, not rustly.

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    @JurajMikurcik I read that just before I opened Twitter! It looks so beautiful and calm inside, on top of all those benefits.

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