Versatile and practical: Walking gilets are an absolute must-have

Walking gilets & vests

I'm sure you're all too familiar - the weather cannot make up its mind between chilly and pleasantly warm. A cold breeze comes into the mix and before long it is too cold to go walking without some upper body protection. Walking gilets are the perfect solution for this situation!
Especially in between seasons, full walking jackets are often too warm, but to go without is not quite feasible either. A hillwalking vest is perfectly lightweight yet protective enough for the outdoor terrain. Depending on the design, walking vests and gilets can provide complete wind protection and pleasant insulation.
Many hiking and walking gilets are made with warm fleece and are breathable. This is especially practical for layering or during intensely physical walking trips. A fleece vest or gilet is highly versatile and is a piece of basic equipment among walking clothing.

In cold weather, softshells, down and windstoppers are in high demand

Maloja, Patagonia and Rab, to name just a few companies, know exactly what makes a good outdoor gilet. Depending on their purpose, the lightweight companions can be windproof or wind-repellent, waterproof or water-repellent, and protect the upper body against cold.
A down vest can be packed down to a tiny size for storage in a backpack and is suitable as a back-up for temperamental weather. With suitable outer materials, the vests are also suitable as windbreakers.
On multi-day tours or in changeable conditions, a synthetic vest or wool vest is a good choice. PrimaLoft and natural functional fibres keep you warm even in cold conditions.

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