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Mountain Equipment Eclipse Hooded Zip Tee
What Is It? Made from a light, super-stretchy, gridded, microfleece produced by Italian artisans, Pontitorto - yes, really - but what makes it really different is an artful hood that can be used over or under a helmet, as a full-on balaclava and with or without the lower face protection.
Why We Like It If it were just a lightweight mid-layer come winter baselayer it would be a nice bit of kit - just warm enough, really close fitting with lots of stretch and with a decent long tail too, but the cunning hood gives it loads of extra versatility.
Layer it under a shell and over a lightweight base-layer tee and it'll cope with all but the coldest conditions if you're moving fast and churning out the heat. it's good for running too. And biking. And when you need head or face protection, just get busy with the hoody. Downsides? It looks a little odd when not hooded thanks to the slanty zip and sometimes you want to use a shell jacket hood without a liner hood underneath, but mostly it's just super versatile and we're looking forward to developing an even closer relationship over winter.
Ultimate lightweight winter mid-layer top? It just might be.
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