The Breaktrail is part of Regatta’s Point 214 range – named after the 214 Lake District fells listed by guidewriter Alfred Wainwright. This tells you that it’s firmly designed with British hillwalking in mind, rather than anything more extreme.
It’s all one fabric (the dark panels under the arms look like they should be a light fabric for venting, but actually aren’t), so it’s very simple, but the heat regulation is good, and the cuffs and hem have a stretchy trim to keep them well-fitted. There’s a chest-pocket for a phone or small GPS, and that’s about it: it’s all about simplicity here, yet the lightness of the fleece means it’s still a league ahead of the cheaper options found in the high street discounters. It’s not as breathable as the pricier options, but if you just need reasonably constant heat, this is a foolproof buy for all British climes, either as mid-layer or outer.
Fabric: 100% polyester
Colours: Black, blue, red, grey
Women’s version: Yes
Contact: 0843 309 0199, www.regatta.com
A handy utility pullover; not too sophisticated but reliably warm.
Review by Nick Hallissey
First published in Country Walking magazine, March 2015