A cosy, handsome and very handy shirt jacket to pull on for country walks when the weather turns crispier – this is the perfect shirt-jacket hybrid for spring and autumn outdoor adventures.
Insulated and warm
Cheerful flannel design
Made with post-consumer recycled materials
Too warm for some adventures
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Marmot Ridgefield women’s shirt: first impressions
We instantly loved the flannel-like looks of the Marmot Ridgefield, which stand out from the world of boring (and often various shades of beige) hiking shirts on the market.
This design looks great with jeans as well as with walking trousers, and works for wear pretty much anywhere from peak to pub – another shirt from out selection of the best women’s hiking tops that might just make its way into your permanent wardrobe.
• RRP: $$100 (US) / £103 (UK)
• Materials: Heavyweight double-brushed flannel, polyester
• Weight: 600g / 21oz
• Sizes available: S / M / L / XL
• Colors: Beige Check / Green Check
• Compatibility: Pop this shirt-jacket on for cool crisp days outside
Marmot Ridgefield women’s shirt: on the trails
This thick and soft-as-anything shirt is lined with Sherpa fleece and adds a real layer of warmth that’s similar to popping a fleece on, so it’s ideal as a mid-layer in colder weather, but is too insulated for hot summer hikes (see also: Hiking layers: everything you need to know to keep yourself warm in all conditions).
Unlike some thicker shirts we’ve tried out in the past, the Ridgefield still offers great range of movement when you’re walking. If you do sweat, Coolmax EcoMade material dries twice as fast as cotton, and if the temperature drops, a longer hem helps keep more of your torso warm.
We tried the Ridgefield out on a chilly camping and hiking weekend and found ourselves reaching for it again and again as a handy mid layer that’s easy to pull on and off when you’re setting up camp or for more relaxed walks where you aren’t working up too much of a sweat – the 60g of insulation offers instant welcome warmth.
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.
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