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We put Smartwool's Corbet 120 mid-layer jacket to the test
smartwool corbet jacket
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Well-judged weight and fabrics for great versatility
Its versatility will question your layering preconceptions!

For a mid-layer there's a lot to the Corbet 120, which you could readily wear as an outer layer in warm conditions. This is because while you have merino wool next to your skin (or base layer) the outside front of the jacket consists of heavyweight 120g SmartLoft insulation for extra warmth, and this is topped off with a quilted DWR-finished nylon windproof facing.

The fit is 'semi-form' so you can comfortably wear the jacket beneath an outer layer, and further technical features come in the form of a knit fabric on the sleeves and back which gives you merino wool on the inside and a nylon/elastane mix on the outside to fend off the elements.

This all provides you with a reassuringly snug feel at the same time as ensuring the jacket is neither too heavy nor too bulky. All three pockets (two hand, one chest) are zipped, with a media cord routing in the chest pocket, and the combination of thumb loops, a draft flap and chin guard and reasonably high collar further keep the cold at bay.

So with the Corbet 120 you effectively get a mid-layer that is usable year-round rather than being winter sports specific, which is always a good thing, as it obviously means you get better value for money.

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