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.