Product Review- Berghaus Smoulder Half Zip

25 10 2013

Berghaus’s Techy Bit:

  • POLARTEC® POWERDRY® High Efficiency fabric offers excellent insulation, moisture management and packability creating a highly versatile year round piece of kit for your mountain adventures
  • The multi-zone body-mapped design allows for maximum comfort and insulation taking into account your body’s natural thermoregulatory system
  • Essentials can be kept at hand in the bonded sleeve pocket

RRP £90

Berghaus Smoulder FleeceOur Thoughts:

Wow! What a nice fleece! As soon as I took it out of the packet I loved this fleece. The Smoulder fleece looks fantastic with it’s highlighted seams, and the micro grid feel the Polartec Powerdry gives it just feels amazing.

There isn’t too much to say in terms of features about the fleece, it’s still just a fleece. It hosts a pocket on the arm which would easily hold an energy gel or bit of money, or in my case, business cards! The fleece also has some well designed thumb loops that are also really comfortable to wear, unlike some which just seem to be frustrating.

The main technical feature of this fleece is the Polartec Powerdy. The Polartec Powerdry is designed to provide excellent levels of warmth to weight, but most importantly super efficient moisture management.
I decided to take the fleece out for a fell run up Latrigg on a rather mild evening. Underneath I was wearing a synthetic tech tee. I started the run through the trees and thought – ‘I shouldn’t have bothered with the fleece!’ After just a few minutes I completely forgot about the fleece and I didn’t seem to be overheating at all. It continued to be comfortable all the way to the top. After a short rest on the top we started with our long descent off of the back, but now in the wind I decided to utilise the thumb loops and give my hands a bit of protection. I never usually like wearing thumb loops on jackets, but to be honest I actually forgot I even had my thumbs in the loops, a real testament to the design. We finished our run and I got back in the car to drive home. I decided to feel around the fleece to see if it was damp. Amazingly my underarms were hardly damp at all and my back was just slightly damp because I had been wearing a pack, I was impressed!

So in short, if you want a good looking fleece that would be just as useful as a warm but non-bulky midlayer when hiking as it would as an outerlayer when running or biking, then the Smoulder Fleece by Berghaus would be a fine contender!
Berghaus also make a hooded version for those of you who are into hooded fleeces 😀






One response

1 02 2014

Thanks for the review. I was looking at this particular fleece and your thoughts helped reassure me. If it means anything it was on sale at The Outdoor Shop for £51 (Feb 2014) when I picked it up.

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