Regatta Breaktrail (2015)

Features

The Regatta Breaktrail’s biggest benefit here is the price of just £25, but at such a low cost it isn’t surprising to find that hillgoing features are limited. There’s a short front zip, only one pocket and no hood. But the zip does have an inside baffle to block wind and prevent chin scraping. The pocket is large enough for a small guidebook, GPS receiver or compass. 3/5

Fit

The Breaktrail is available in S-XXXL for men and 8-20 for women, which is a very wide size range compared to most other options. The fit is close rather than tight or baggy, and is well-sized for wearing over a base layer or under a soft shell or waterproof jacket as part of a layering system. The elastication at hem and cuffs has no adjustment but fitted well. 3/5

Comfort

The Regatta Breaktrail’s material is a soft 200 series polyester fleece that offers excellent breathability while providing good windproofness and insulation for general year-round use. Thermally this is ideal over a base layer all year round, but in winter you might want to add an extra layer under or over it for the chillier days. As the front zip is short you can’t vent it too much. 4/5

In use

I like to have a pair of large chest pockets and a hood on a fleece, which the Regatta Breaktrail doesn’t have. So for me this is either something to wear under a waterproof or other fleece jacket, or for use as a main fleece for moving fast when you don’t want pockets or hoods. The chest pocket is too small for OS maps. 3/5

Value

The value is superb but you aren’t getting many features, so you must decide if it offers enough for your needs. 5/5

Verdict

The Regatta Breaktrail is low-priced with minimal features that are great as part of a layering system, but as a main fleece others have benefits. 3.6/5

Review by Graham Thompson

First published in Trail magazine March 2015

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