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Berghaus classic windproof jacket suited to low level walking when a waterproof shell is unnecessary. POLARTEC WINDBLOC fabric protects from the wind and provides warmth on colder days.
Fabric: Polartec Windbloc
- Full-length zip
- Self fabric cuffs
- Two zipped hand warmer pockets
- Retained, elasticated hem drawcord
- Deep snug neck
Reason for purchase: To climb Mount Snowdon.
I'm not an expert on fleeces so I had to do quite a bit of research before coming to what in today's climate is an expense buy all things considered. I looked at various fleeces from different manufacturers and even went into a couple of shops to try some on before committing to this one for the following reasons.
You need a windstopper fleece on hill/mount walks for definite, there really is no point considering a cheap one because they simply won't give you sufficient protection from the elements.
Also, Berghaus as a manufacturer was highly recommended by my aunt who is a 30 year veteran of the Rambler Association so I knew it was going to last me for many years to come.
Conclusion: I made it to the summit of Snowdon (Feb 22nd 09) wearing just this fleece and a Berghaus Tech short sleeve tee-shirt. It was amazingly comfortable, highly breathable and perfectly warm throughout the hard climb to the top. I'm therefore going to give this a 10 because the fleece did exactly what I hoped it would and was £50 less than the most expensive soft shell on this site.
If you are considering a windstopper fleece but are confused but the vast array on the market, I can tell you this one will take you up a mountain in harsh conditions and keep you warm and dry. What more do you need?
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