66 North Tindur Fleece review: superb warmth without restricting movement

A high-performing technical fleece, the 66 North Tindur Fleece enough stretch to keep you moving comfortably

66 North Tindur Fleece
(Image: © 66˚North)

Advnture Verdict

If you take the outdoors seriously, you need a fleece that can keep up. Invest in 66 North’s high-performing stretchy Tindur and it’ll do you proud on fast-paced adventures.

Pros

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    Great freedom of movement

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    Lovely quality

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    Layers easily under a jacket

Cons

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    Expensive

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    Too slim to fit more than a base layer underneath

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    No recycled material used

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66 North Tindur Fleece: first impressions

For those who keep active in the coldest of winter, the 66 North Tindur Fleece is designed to keep the wearer’s torso warm without any compromising on freedom of movement. 

The design is great, and the features seem excellent, but with an RRP that ventures so far north, the first question we were asking ourselves during our best women’s fleece jackets buying guide was: is the Tindur worth the steep price tag? 

Specifications

• RRP: $300 (US) / £225 (UK)
• Gender specificity: Women’s
• Sizes: S / M / L / XL / 2XL
• Weight: 600g / 1lb 5oz
• Colors: Tree / Blue Sea / Black
• Compatibility: Ideal for winter sports and mountain adventures

66 North Tindur Fleece: on the trails

Whether you’re winter hill hiking, mountaineering, climbing or skiing, the 66 North Tindur Fleece’s clever combination of fleece material and stretchy panels allows for great flexibility as you move your arms and body, and the slim cut fits brilliantly under a waterproof jacket if and when the weather does close in. 

Three zipped pockets, including a handy chest pocket, are great for stashing valuables, and we like the high-cut neck, which adds welcome warmth. 

The stretch element to this jacket really traps in body heat on icy days, too, and stops it riding up as you hike. (see also: winter hiking tips).

So far we’ve taken the Tindur on several frosty winter hikes in the Lake District, and have been impressed by the instant warmth it offers – and by how you’ll barely notice you’ve got it on once you’ve zipped it up and started moving. 

If you pick up the pace it seems to stay breathable enough to stop you needing to pull layers on and off – ideal for cold weather in the hills when you’re stop-start walking.

So, does this all justify the price? We’d say yes – if you’re a winter sports enthusiast who plans to use it as a mid layer all winter long. Otherwise, its technical design is overkill for casual use.

An award-winning travel and outdoors journalist, presenter and blogger, Sian regularly writes for The Independent, Evening Standard, BBC Countryfile, Coast, Outdoor Enthusiast and Sunday Times Travel. Life as a hiking, camping, wild-swimming adventure-writer has taken her around the world, exploring Bolivian jungles, kayaking in Greenland, diving with turtles in Australia, climbing mountains in Africa and, in Thailand, learning the hard way that peeing on a jellyfish sting doesn’t help. Her blog, thegirloutdoors.co.uk, champions accessible adventures.