“ Brand: Berghaus / Sport: Outdoor Sports - Jackets „
When I bought my Berghaus Cornice IA Jacket (see my separate review) about 4 years ago, I also invested in this matching Berghaus Fleece. What may not be readily apparent at first is that this fleece is part of a Berghaus jacket shell system, where the Cornice is the other outer element. The idea is that the fleece can be worn on it's own as a jacket or zipped inside of the outer waterproof and windproof Cornice jacket to make a sort of double jacket, with the fleece providing the warmth, and the Berghaus Cornice providing the protection against the rain and wind.
At the time, I paid £60 for this fleece, where it is a jacket made from the Berghaus Polartec Thermal Pro material, which puts it up towards the top of the Berghaus fleece range. That is to say that it is a double sided fleece material that is light weight, providing warmth without the bulk associated with traditional fleeces. The one I have is a sort of mid grey with a black collar. It keeps you nice and warm, but can easily be crunched up into a small place when taken off.
At the front there is a full length zip that does right up to the high fleece collar around your neck. Of note, this is the zip that can be used to zip the fleece into the Berghaus Cornice jacket mentioned earlier in order to combine the shell system.
There are 2 zipped hand warmer hip pockets on the outside of the front and an additional very useful zip pocket on the left chest area. Also, the way that the hand warmer pockets have been stitched on the inside (fully stitched on 3 sides) has also created a further 2 secure pouch pockets on the inside of the jacket which are ideal for storing something like a map or similar. Also of interest, the outside of one of these pouches (innermost to the body) also has an additional zip pocket to secure items. So the fleece is extremely versatile in what you can carry and store away in it.
I tend to wear this fleece as a casual jacket when I'm out and about and it does provide plenty of warmth, without being too hot. There is an additional elastic drawstring with toggle locks around the bottom of the fleece which you can draw in around your body to trap the air layer in in order to keep you warm. However, when I have been out on the hills, when the wind gets up, it does provide a degree of protection against the wind, but it is not really a wind stopper as such - that is where the Berghaus Cornice outer element comes in as a wind stopper. Where it is good though is if you get caught in a rain storm and it does gets wet, it will still keep you warm, and when you do get under cover again, it will quickly dry off again.
Size wise it does come in the full range of sizes, from small through to XX-large and I would probably recommend to get a size that would perhaps fit snugly over a jumper, so that it is slightly loose over a t-shirt. If you're going to use it as part of a shell system, the outer Cornice jacket hence needs to be slightly on the large size to accommodate the extra layer of the fleece beneath it.
In summary, this is a very versatile jacket that will keep you warm in the cold, wet or whatever, and when you combine it with the waterproof wind stopper Berghaus Cornice jacket, you will have a very formidable weather proof protection layer.