With its hybrid construction that utilises chunky knit fleece and lighter, more breathable stretch panels, the durable and well-made Revolution Race Fusion fleece jacket delivers welcome warmth for cold conditions, plus superb comfort and a contemporary style.
- Warm yet breathable
- Comfortable, with great fit
- Good value
- Hand pockets lack zips
- Double-layer cuffs tend to soak up moisture
The Fusion Fleece from Swedish brand Revolution Race is a chunky, heavyweight insulator that is designed to be worn as outerwear or as a conventional midlayer. As such, it employs a hybrid construction, using a heavy-gauge fleece with a knit face as the main fabric, interspersed with lighter stretch fleece panels. This gives it a stylish and contemporary look while boosting performance in terms of overall warmth for weight, breathability, moisture management, comfort and fit.
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It’s also been made with durability in mind, with an anti-pilling fabric treatment and double-layer stretch cuffs, so it ought to offer good long-term value – and has a reasonable price point to match. It doesn’t skimp on features either, with a full-length reverse-coil main zip, which has a soft chin guard and is backed with a baffle. You get a zipped chest pocket and two open hand pockets. The cuffs also incorporate thumb loops – always a handy feature, as far as we’re concerned – while the hem has a drawcord adjustment.
• RRP: £55 (UK)
• Fabric: Knitted fleece (100% polyester) with stretch fleece panels (92% polyester, 8% elastane)
• Sizes: Men’s: XS–XXL; Women's: XS–XXL
• Weight (men’s size L): 595g/20.98oz
• Colours: Men’s: Black / Anthracite / Rifle green; Women’s: Deep teal / Black / Anthracite / Rifle green
In the field
Revolution Race is a relative newcomer to the outdoors market. This Swedish brand was formed in 2014 by an outdoorsy couple who were fed up with high-priced but poorly-fitting, outmoded gear. Their direct-to-consumer model, which is focused on web-only sales and a major digital presence, is one that seems to be working well. Buyers and social media influencers alike have been raving about the kit, particularly its quality of fit – so we were interested to try it out.
We have to say, we were very impressed with the Revolution Race Fusion fleece jacket. It’s a thoughtfully designed and well-made jacket, one that delivers plenty of warmth but also decent breathability thanks to the lighter weight stretch panels placed under the arms. These also make it more comfortable to wear than most knit, pile or shearling-type fleeces, aided by flatlock seams throughout. It has a contemporary cut that is stylish but practical. This gives a trim silhouette, but plenty of length in the arms and body for good coverage and articulation, with no hem lift.
The brand says this is a fleece designed for multi-activity use, citing everything from fishing to mountaineering. That’s a wide range of disciplines, and due to the garment’s warmth and weight, we’d say it is better suited to low-output activities rather than anything too fast-paced, unless you’re doing it in really cold conditions. We did note that the double stretch cuffs, which are otherwise a plus for durability, do tend to soak up and hold a fair bit of moisture. We’d also like zipped hand pockets to give a few more options in terms of storage, particularly since this is otherwise a great outer layer for cold but dry conditions. But those are minor details, and the brand has got the essentials covered impressively well.
An outdoors writer and editor, Matt Jones has been testing kit in the field for nearly a decade. Having worked for both the Ramblers and the Scouts, he knows one or two things about walking and camping, and loves all things adventure, particularly long-distance backpacking, wild camping and climbing mountains – especially in Wales. He’s based in Snowdonia and last year thru-hiked the Cambrian Way, which runs for 298 miles from Cardiff to Conwy, with a total ascent of 73,700 feet – that’s nearly 2½ times the height of Everest. Follow Matt on Instagram and Twitter.
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