To make a jacket in this colour and send it for testing, you have to be very confident of your product! Luckily, the Windstopper Guide delivers in spades. And actually the sunset yellow colour isn’t too bad after all! A lot lighter than some with a good generous cut and stretchy underarm and back panels for ease of movement and extra breathability. Lovely and snug at the neck, too, without the need for fiddly adjusters. This fleece oozes class and does the job it’s intended to do with no unnecessary frills. Pockets are positioned fairly high up for easy access with a rucksack on, and also at an angle so you can leave them open for venting without your keys etc accidentally falling out. You can also store a folded Ordnance Survey map in them.
Colours: Tarmac/castle rock, eclipse/castle rock, black/castle rock
Fabric: Polartec Windbloc
Women’s version: Yes
Contact: 0191 516 5700, www.berghaus.com
Verdict: As perfect a windproof fleece as you could wish to find. Versatile enough for year-round use, especially for more energetic walking, and definitely worth every penny.