The lowest in price and also the lightest top in our test (306g size UK 12), the Berghaus Parione proves that you don’t have to pay a fortune for a top-quality, well-fitting fleece suitable for walking, scrambling and mountaineering. Berghaus has cleverly combined light but warm Polartec Classic Micro fabric on the main body and arms of this jacket with AT Stretch material on the hood, at the sides, under the arms and over the hands with thumb loops – so you have great freedom of movement reaching for holds. The two side zip pockets open and close easily with one gloved hand, but the arm pocket could do with a zip pull cord for easier glove-handed opening. There is no hem drawcord, but it doesn’t feel necessary as the fit and drop tail are spot on. The Berghaus Parione’s stretch fabric thumb loops are very comfy, and the arms are made suitably longer to prevent the sleeves being overstretched when the thumb loops are in use. The hood fits the head snugly enough without a drawcord, but it could do with coming a little lower down the forehead for more protection. The top of the zip would also be better with slightly more protection from a larger inner flap to make it more comfy on the chin.
Pockets 2 side, 1 arm
Material Polartec Classic Micro and AT Stretch
Thumb loops yes
Men’s version yes
The Berghaus Parione is a great budget option (it won our ‘Best Value’ award) for walking and scrambling with great freedom of movement, and a good level of warmth for its light weight.
Review by Claire Maxted
First published in Trail magazine October 2012