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Insulation pieces are usually a thing you tend to look for when completing your autumn or winter gear. When the summer comes you end up with clothing that’s way too thick and way too warm to use when just a t-shirt is not enough. That’s why a lightweight midlayer is an essential piece.

It’s not a summer only piece though – it’s actually a year round one. When – since it is very thin – you think of it as half-layer, it makes much more sense in colder conditions.
The fabric is 180g polarlite. Very stretchy – in all directions. It is so thin that you can almost see through it but it still does provide some wind protection, more than I would expect from it frankly. It is obviously very breathable.

All the seams – but only the sleeve-body connection – are double seams, you can clearly see them on the outside as they form a recognizable triangle based pattern Salewa uses across all of their clothing. They have a real function of course other that just the looks. The shapes of panels allow a closer fit and since the fabric is very stretchy, a single seam might simply be not durable enough.
Taping along the hem, edge of the hood and cuffs is elastic as well.  Not too tight, just enough to keep it from flapping around a give the sealed feeling keeping inside all the air you heated with your body.

The hood is one piece with the collar and when zipped up all the way leaves the opening just about  to fit a pair of goggles – another indication it would be a good addition to you kit year round. It certainly fits well under a helmet, it does not move underneath, and the straps will not be in the way too much – this depends on your helmet strap design though a little. A great feature is double layered fabric around the top of the main zip that protects your neck up to your nose when it’s really chilly.

There are two zipped hand pockets on the sides and they are incredibly large. Too large. You could easily store a big water bottle inside – as long as it fits through the opening of course. They actually serve another purpose though as well, since they provide an additional layer of fabric on most of your torso. It’s a piece that’s supposed to keep you warm after all, not to carry loads of stuff along the trail.

It works great as a kind of separation layer. When you need to put on a down jacket which usually has very thin fabric on the inside or a hardshell that even when it’s a three layer membrane is not the softest you can get and you’re wearing just a shortsleeve as your base layer, you want to add something to separate your skin from those. To protect down from getting wet when you’re sweating or to avoid direct contact with the membrane jacket. This is when a thin, close to the body layer comes very handy. You won’t overheat as quickly as with a thicker layer and it is nicer to touch than hardshell or wet nylon.

It’s also thin enough that whenever your layers are just a little on the cold side, you can throw it in, not adding lots of bulk, not compromising breathability of the whole system and adding just a few degrees of warmth. The way I use it mostly is – when walking my dog after dusk in the summer, as a protection against mosquitoes.