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Berghaus PolarPlus Fleece Jacket

Berghaus PolarPlus Fleece Jacket Logo

I’ll start like I start all of my reviews; with a disclaimer, that this Berghaus Polarplus Fleece Jacket was sent to me by Gareth to review. Gareth works for a company that represents Berghaus and he contacted me. He a few things that I could choose but only this fleece in a size medium. He was kind enough to send it to me and I get to keep it. I have no vested interest in Berghaus, the company that Gareth works for or the Fleece itself other than to share my views and opinions; good, bad or otherwise.

Berghaus PolarPlus Fleece Jacket Collar and zip

This arrived pretty late in the year, just as the weather had turned for the better after the long cold winter and round about the time that I was gearing up (no pun intended) to move in to a new house, not that it matters greatly. I came home to a parcel waiting for me. There’s something about that, that gets me excited like a child. I opened the parcel and was immediately struck be the weight of the folded up fleece. It was heavy. I had a quick read at the tags. Polertec 300. That’s a proper fleece and a lot heavier that anything I’ve had before and made from recycled yarn according to the bumpf. Most, if not all fleeces I have had and use are Polertec 100. I was struck by how different this 300 material was. For a start it’s a double sided fleece fabric. It’s in a whole other level. Thick, soft and really luxurious feeling. Really a jacket in it’s own right. Next move was to stick on the digital scales. It came in at 768 grams. Heavy but not necessarilly a bad thing.

Berghaus PolarPlus Fleece Jacket Hem Drawcord and Toggle

Next thing was to try it on. It looked big for a medium when I took it out the wrapping. Trying it on confirmed this, it’s cut on the generous side of medium. This re-enforces the feeling of this standing up on it’s own as a jacket and not just a mid-layer. A classic fleece set up. Nice big collar, two large hand warmer pockets and drawstring elasticated hem to keep out the drafts. The collar is quite stiff and stands up which I like, right up under your chin keeping the wind out. The cuffs on the sleeves are not elasticated but theres no problem with them riding up because of the generous cut. The sleeves are on the longish side for me. They also have the attachment points for use with Berghaus InterActive system that some of their outer shells use along with the zip. Giving you that classic 3 in 1 layering system. The two pockets have zipped closures and are deep enough for a mobile phone and most compact point and shoot cameras in my opinion. They are also proper thick lined hand warmer pockets, more of that soft luxuirous comfort. The hem has the standard elasticated cord and toggle set up that can be tightened or loosened with one hand if need be. Quality was the word that came to mind after this first wearing.

Berghaus PolarPlus Fleece Jacket Zip and Storm flap

After that I put it through the Tookie indoors gear test, which was pretty short. It was like being wrapped in a furnace, a soft sumptuous deluxe furnace. I’ve said before I run warm and in this fleece even sitting around on the couch doing nothing I was roasting. The jacket is very comfortable to wear. It just envelopes you. There was no chasing the little Bunten round, that part is going to have to wait till it’s colder. Like a lot with this it’s just going to have to wait till the Autumn for an update. It’s not the weather for it.

Berghaus PolarPlus Fleece Jacket Sleeve and Cuff

All in all a well made fleece but I’m sure that comes as no surprise from a company with the pedigree and history of Berghaus. It might not be the most fashionable, trendy or cutting edge of fleeces to look at but I’ll look forward to the weather getting harder and giving this jacket a proper testing in the elements.

More photographs can be found in my flickr set here.

Rab Orbit Pull-on

Rab Orbit Pull-on Fleece logo

I’ll start like I start all of my reviews; with a disclaimer, that this Rab Orbit Pull-on Fleece was sent to me by Sam at GO Outdoors to review. Sam contacted me. I was given the choice of few bits of kit that I could review. GO Outdoors were kind enough to send it to me and I get to keep it. I have no vested interest in GO Outdoors, Rab who make the fleece itself other than to share my views and opinions; good, bad or otherwise.

Rab Orbit Pull-on Fleece Zip pull

First impressions out the bag, this was as fancy free as it could be. No bells and whistles on this top. No nonsense functionality. I do a job and I do it well. A mid-layer or a base layer whichever you choose it was ready to do the business. Lightweight Polartec 100 is the fabric that Rab have gone with for this microfleece. They say it has a micro stripe pattern which I assume is on the outer face of the fabric and feels a bit harder. Whereas the inside face is soft and almost silky in contrast. Making it very nice to wear next to the skin as a base layer should you want to. Rab have made a good comfortable top. On closer inspection and handling it’s well made, no dodgy stitching or loose threads. Some really nice finishing touches, like on the inside the seams round the collar and zip have been overlaid with a comfort strip.

Rab Orbit Pull-on Fleece Chin guard closed

Once I put it on, within a few minutes I was unaware of it. Which is ideal as personally when I’m out walking or whatever I don’t want to be always footering with my garments. It passed the Tookie indoors gear test with flying colours. If something isn’t comfortable or functional about the house, lounging, playing games with the family, down the pub, at the shops then it’s going to be 10 times worse when you’re out on the hill or far from home. It’s also a very light top coming in at 267 grams on my scales.

Rab Orbit Pull-on Fleece Collar detail

There’s not much in the way of features on this fleece but personally as midlayer I don’t want much. It has a deep chest zip to help with venting and a chin guard on the collar to stop the zip chaffing when you have it pulled all the way up. It also has a storm flap behind the zip to help stop drafts getting through. The zip pull is very small and probably a bit difficult to get a hold of, if you’re wearing gloves or have big muckle hon’s but it does tuck away nice and neat into the chin guard. The cuffs are not elasticated but the fleece fabric is stretchy enough should you want pull them up to your elbows. I has a scooped tail at the back to help keep your back covered when bending over or stretching up. The fit for me on this size medium is almost perfect so I would say that it would be a standard fit on the medium scale not slim or generous. It also has flat locked seams which help especially if you are layering up or carrying a rucksack no bulk to catch or sit uncomfortably.

Rab Orbit Pull-on Fleece Cuff and sleeve detail

I’ve had this for a while now and it’s either been on under a shell or as top layer with a base or I’ve just been carrying it around just in case. I found it to be an ideal partner for my close fitting windshirt as it not bulky so it fits great under it. Great to just pull it on when I stopped to keep that breeze from chilling me. It’s in my rucksack for when I need that extra warmth without hassle. It’s good; it works, what more could I want really?

Rab Orbit Pull-on Fleece Polartec label

More photographs can be found in my flickr set here.