The green, bobbly Berghaus fleece I tested may have taken its design cues from a dollop of mushy peas, but the Roseg is a top performer on cold, blustery, active days out. The cut is neat and trim, long enough to cover the lower back, even when making agile hops from stream to rock. The hem and cuffs are elasticated so well-earned body heat is kept in and the two big handwarmer pockets can be unzipped for ventilation. Though generously sized, they aren’t quite big enough to hold an OS map, but the chest pocket is neat and easily swallows a smartphone. On a winter trip up Tryfan, it held off cold, wind and light rain and I only had to pull out my waterproof when the drizzle became a more persistent companion. The sleeves were a little too short for the thumb loops to be comfortable, but that’s the only real niggle on a fleece that is otherwise hardy and extremely snug.
Weight: 406g (10)
Fabric: Polyester/AT™ Optic fabric
Men’s version: Fortrose
Colours: Pink, grey, green
Contact: 0345 607 2477, www.berghaus.com
Stands alone as an outer layer everything but the wettest weather.
Review by Sarah Ryan
First published in Country Walking magazine, March 2015