Swedish brand Röjk have been in existence since 2010 and first grabbed my attention with the funky poses they arranged their clothes into for their product shots: it always seemed like they had captured their jumpers, leggings or socks mid-dance at a silent disco. Sadly they no longer seem to take quite the same approach, but they seemed like a brand worth watching and last year I purchased a hoody, The Monk. So where is brand and hoody aimed? Is it a casual piece of outdoor apparel or is it aimed at being a solidly dependable mid-layer? Here’s what they have to say:
This versatile and popular hoodie has won many a fan with its unique look and blend of materials. Brushed polyester on the inside makes it soft and comfortable against the skin, while wool and silk in the outer fabric add warmth, freshness and great style. The large belly pocket keeps your belongings in place with zippers on both sides, while hiding another, smaller pocket for your card case or phone.
The Buffalo Active Lite Shirt comes from one of the main proponents of the DP, pertext-and-pile, clothing system. Based in Shefield, UK their clothing is based around a Pertex outer layer over a pile inner layer and has a well-regarded status. This clothing system requires a different mind-set when compared to a membrane shell-based clothing system – most notably, none of their garments contain a water-proof membrane and as a result you run the risk of getting ‘wet’, but I won’t be discussing this aspect of their clothing. This is what Buffalo say about the smock:
A milder weather alternative to the Mountain Shirt, when less insulation but maximum wicking is required. PForm shell fabric with its technical unique weave gives a highly breathable and windproof performance making this garment ideal for low level hill walking and trekking, climbing, mountain biking, running and general outdoor activities. This garment works most efficiently when worn next to the skin.
Extreme Outdoor Clothing is a small mail-order company (UPDATE: now ceased trading, hence I guess this is now a historical article…) based in the UK specialising in Pertex/Pile and fleece garments. In some ways you would be forgiven for thinking that this company even existed, indeed I would be surprised if anyone outside the UK had even heard of them. Their website is antiquated and you might not even recognise it in a list of search results, but nonetheless they have an almost revered status amongst certain parts of the British outdoor community. This review features their APS (Advanced Pile System) Smock and is easily one of my most used-and-abused pieces of clothing. Lets begin by seeing what they have to say:
APS Smock. Advanced Pile System (APS) combines a quality fibrepile K2 Fleece and a highly windproof shower-resistant microfibre shell. Designed to keep you warm in the harshest of weather conditions, even complete immersion in water. Because we use a quality pile, it makes APS one of the warmest technical garments available, and is ideal for canoeing, boatwork and winter moutaineering. Supplied to Fire Brigade Emergency Rescue Teams. Features: Zipped tunnel hand warmer pocket, large front map pocket, K2 Fleece lined forearms and hem, long side zips with wind flap protectors, Taslan reinforced forearms, adjustable collar and low scooped rear hem. Velcro adjustable cuffs.