Berghaus is an iconic brand – started in 1966 and now a High Street name, so my expectations are high and I am pleased to say very much met with this Lawers Polartec Fleece.
In simple terms this is ‘a fleece that seems like it’s just for really cold weather but will in fact serve you well from late summer through to mid Winter because it has breathable bits. Berghaus named it Polartec Thermal Pro with AT Optic Grid. Well put, professional folks. The grid fleece makes this top insulating and more breathable where you need it most (in your pits!), and the blue parts are a bit more wind-resistant to keep you warm. It feels very light but robust, and because air can circulate in the under arm sections, it can regulate your body temperature extremely well.
This is an outstanding fleece that has been long term tested and passed. It weights approximately 620g. It has two zipped pockets on the breast, which means you can put your keys, phone away easily and safely while wearing a back pack. Plus if like me, your side zip-able pockets are usually stuffed with dog poo bags/balls/protein bars and other random items and you don’t use the zips on them, the breast pockets are a genius addition. I know my keys are safe and I can get to my phone easily.
The cuffs have an extra stretch inner section keeping the air out, and for tucking gloves in. The drawstring collar helps for a snug fit. It is long on the back, covering your bum and again has adjustable drawstrings here for keeping hips/back warm, or for letting air in if you need to cool.
… And that is exactly what this top has done; adapted to the temperature and to my activity and kept me warm and cool and my accessories safe. It has been on a 5 month test, through an unseasonally warm Autumn and Winter of sunshine with wind and cold spells in between and worn on those I don’t know what to wear because the forecast’s all over the place days.
It has passed the ‘keep me warm’ test under extreme wind conditions atop of a Shropshire Hill where the dog was almost blown off his feet, and cooled me down when the sun came out so I didn’t have to take it off while walking. It has also been worn indoors during my no-central heating experiment and kept me toasty. For those of you who work from home and don’t like to put the heating on for the whole house, or work in a draughty office in the garden, or some such, I recommend you get one for indoors use!
At £90, it is well worth the money and a wise investment. This has got a LOT of wear and I am really happy with it. Well worth a look. My test version was a medium and is comfortable fit-wise up to a ladies UK 16 and perfectly OK for women to wear in my opinion. (GWA ed – this is sold as mens on the Berghaus website)