In my experience, I’ve got a zip in warm pile liner for my Classic Beaufort and although not perfect (in terms of having arm holes and them not always lining up when you got to put the jacket on), it does zip in to the jacket nicely and I’d say is definitely more convenient than wearing a separate gilet - and a lot better than the pop in liners for the vintage jackets. To be honest, I’d say I probably have a month maximum in a year it’s worth putting in and layer with a jumper or cardigan underneath - although I’ve been making the most of it the last week with the freezing weather! Size wise I’ve got a 40 jacket and just went with a 40 liner - although I’ve never come across them sized with S, M, L etc. but you want to get it as close as possible size wise so it fits neatly in. A lot of reviews say the warm pile liner is the warmest one you can get (although also the bulkiest, and would look a bit weird worn just by itself whereas I appreciate the polar quilt ones look better, although not to my style!). Hope that helps somewhat!A question about separately ordered Polarquilt inserts for the Beauforts. Whereas sizes for the Beaufort and Beaufort Classic jackets are done in numbers, eg 44, 46, etc., I’ve seen some of the zip in inserts using the same scheme but others sized with letters, eg M-L-XL, etc. Does it matter?
Sepetate issue: a lot of on line reviews from purchasers say the zip in is a fine stand alone vest but is lousy when joined with the jacket. Mostly because when putting on the jacket the arm holes of the vest & jacket don’t line up right.
is that a broadly held view? Should one simply find a vest you like and not worry about having something that zips into the jacket?