I last bought a fleece a couple of years ago and it has done sterling service. In fact, I have worn it to death. It was a TGO special from RAB that was in a bright green/ grey combination. However, the fashionista that I am demanded a new colour-way to complement my bright blue Berghaus jacket.
As well as that, my old fleece had flattened appreciably with wear and was looking a bit of a mess. It is now consigned to painting & decorating duties only.
Happily, those nice people over at Go Outdoors came to the rescue and sent me a brand spanking new fleece to review from their very large range of fleece and midlayers. I chose a mid price Berghaus fleece from their choice of fleece jackets and they supplied it to me to test, for nothing. It actually costs £46.77 from Go Outdoors so this is a bit of a bargain, to say the least!
It looks like this:
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So much better than bright green, eh? So why did I choose this particular model: a Berghaus fleece?
I shall list the reasons:
- It’s a simple design and fairly lightweight: On the scales it comes out at 322g. (GO estimate it at 338g)
- A vertically zipped mesh lined chest pocket, which is easier to use than a horizontal zip.
- Half zipped models are easier to wear under a rucksack hip belt.
- The material outer finish: Anti pilling that looks knitted. See pictures below.
- The zips have decent pulls attached.
- It’s an ‘Active Fit’ which suits my slender frame.
- Fairly flat seams.
- The colour. (I know, I know….)
This picture shows the pocket’s mesh lining and the outer surface texture, that I like a lot.
The bottom hem has a small side vent, which makes it slight easier to pull on and off but perhaps this is more of a styling thing:
So, Yes. I like this a lot. It should perform as well or better than my old fleece and I will be a much tidier and better looking bunny (more co-ordinated, rather than more handsome, sadly) on the TGO Challenge this year.