Constructed of two weights of gridded Polartec Powerdry fleece fabrics and incorporating stretch, the Berghaus Women’s Smoulder Hooded Fleece is extremely comfortable, movement mirroring, and highly versatile. Climbers, backpackers, hikers, and skiers alike will find this an excellent year-round piece.
I am wearing the Berghaus Women’s Smoulder Hooded Fleece. This is an extremely versatile piece that is a great standalone piece in warmer temperatures when you are looking for something to insulate you from the elements in these high aerobic activities, something that is going to be lightweight. It is going to be wicking. It is going to move with you, but also is going to provide that warmth that you need. But it is also an excellent layering piece, so it fits pretty close to the body. It is meant to be snug. It is meant to fit tight and wick away that moisture. So it works really well with other layers, with layers over top of it.
The standout feature here is the polartech power dry material. This piece is body mapped. So there are different weights of fleece in different parts of the piece here. And that is just excellent for thermo regulation. So on the front you do have a heavier fleece material. It is going to keep your core a lot warmer. But then under your arms and on your back and in those places where you tend to build up a lot of heat and a lot of perspiration, where you want that to wick away or you want that heat to escape, you have light weight fleece.
The small attentions to detail really make a difference with this piece. Athlete feedback drove the design of this piece. So those small features like the underarm here doesn’t have any seams, so when you are moving fast that seam that normally would be right under your arm isn’t there. It is not going to chafe. There are really well designed thumb holes here. So the sleeves are a little bit longer to accommodate for those thumb holes. The material down here on the bottom is a little bit lighter weight and it has a really nice stretch to it. So, as you can see, it works really well just on your wrist. You have, you know, stretchy cuffs there. And then the thumb hole is kind of gusseted, so you don’t have like a hole there. But then when you want to use that thumb hole it is there and it is really nice and it is really easy to use. So that is a small attention to detail that makes a big difference. This is a hooded piece and the collar is another stand out feature here. So if I put the hood on, you have got a really nice tight fitting hood. It fits really well underneath of a helmet to keep your head nice and warm. It has got a lot of stretch to it and it has got stretch, a lot of stretch there around the face. It is a pretty small face opening her. So this is meant to be kind of a balaclava style where you can zip it up and have all of that protection you nee over your mouth and over your nose.
The zipper does come off to the side, so that way you have got this nice soft material right there in front of your face, in front of your mouth and it is not going to chafe. So you have that zipper coming up to the side. And the hood just fits really well. If you don’t have it zipped all the way up, you can just zip it up a little bit and you still have a lot of protection on your neck and you are still able to vent a little bit. So with this full length zipper it is really easy on and easy off as well.
If I go down to the bottom of this jacket, you do have kind of a tapered hem down on the bottom. So this piece is a little bit longer than I have seen on some base layers. The bottom material down here is the same material that is on the cuff. And that fits really well if you need to tuck it into layers. So a really smart design there. Like I said, it is a little bit longer, a little bit more of a dropped hem. But it has a lot of stretch on the bottom.
But take a look at the inside of this piece. You can see that gridded pattern. That grid is really great with wicking and with letting warm air escape if you need it to, but then those grids also hold in a lot of heat. So it is going to keep you warm when you need it to. It is going to vent when you need it to and it is extremely lightweight. That gridded pattern also allows for a lot of stretch. So this piece is going to move with you. It is going to stretch with you on those aerobic activities.
Some other small features, you have that storm flap behind the zipper, so it gives a little bit of wind resistance as well. And you just have one pocket here, one chest pocket for small items like a Chapstick or something like that.
Overall this piece fits really great. It has got a lot of stretch to it. It is really comfortable and lightweight on, but it offers that heat and that protection that you need in those cold temperatures. It is the Berghaus Women’s Smoulder Hooded Fleece.