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Fleeces are drowning in a sea of insulated mid-layers, can the Black Diamond Solution Jacket compete?
black diamond solution
Overall Score
Great build quality
Not particularly packable

Built with a Polartec 200 Power Stretch fleece material the Solution jacket pretty much guarantees warmth for the wearer.

Overall build quality and attention to detail is excellent, as you would expect from a high-end outdoor brand.

The fit is fairly close and the high-rise brushed microsuede collar and stretch cuffs help to lock the warmth in which is great from a performance perspective but can feel claustrophobic at times.

The two sturdy YKK zipped mesh front pockets are a good size, as is the zipped chest pocket which is easily big enough for a piste or trail map.

The Solution is a winner in the looks department, equally at home in the bar as it is on the mountain which adds a few bonus value points when making gear buying decisions.

The £100 asking price for the Solution gives it a competitive edge against often very expensive down insulated mid-layers such as the Black Diamond Hot Forge we recently tested which retails at £230.

The simple fact is that some people still prefer the good old fleece rather than the new wave of mid-layers, if that's you then consider checking out this damn fine offering from Black Diamond.

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