For starters, the textile blend is a well-conceived mix of polyester fleece, wool and nylon. Stretch resistant and spill fighting, Branch River stepped into Aysen ready to go and do. Heavier than most, the piece staved off wind even as a midlayer worn out. Though not high capacity, the secure buttoned chest pocket keeps a card or two and lip balm handy. A stand-up neck proved key to defying cooler temperatures; the metal pull zipper meant adequate venting for inside wear. Tee under and trekking pants (or jeans) below, Branch reached into Chile with rib-knit reliability.
Tester Quote: “Instead of pulling a jacket on and off every 20 minutes, I wore the sweater in and out of the car during photo scouting missions. Switching from beanie to ballcap gave Branch River more utility during visits to Coyhaique and south to Puerto Guadal. Fit is generous without being tent-like to work with a medium-weight baselayer underneath.”
Best For: Cool weather travel, day trips, lodge and après wear
- One chest pocket
- Center back length (M): 27.5 inches
- Chest (M): 45 inches
Size: S - XXL
Materials: 63% polyester fleece, 26% wool, 11% nylon