The Berghaus Extrem brand will be pretty familiar to many, and has turned out some excellent gear over the years. New for autumn 2016 is this lightweight Polartec Power Grid fleece, and it’s got some hidden tricks up it’s sleeve(s) – read on for our Berghaus Extrem 7000 hoody fleece review!
Specifically designed for climbing, this is no standard dogwalking fleece. The first thing you’ll notice is the unusual length, which gives plenty of material to trap under a harness, preventing it riding up and you getting cold.
The other major excitement is the inbuilt balaclava/snood/hood combo, which not only keeps you warm but means you can pretend to be a ninja at a moments notice, rather awesomely. Needless to say, there are thumb loops to boot, and a duo of decently-sized zipped chest pockets. Those thumb loops are neatly engineered to fit under gloves (the black area below is a much lighter weight material), and also close up when not in use, keeping your wrists warm.
We tested the Berghaus Extrem 7000 hoody fleece in Chamonix in early Autumn, an ideal time for a breathable warm midlayer, and discovered that it’s our new favourite breathable fleecy-thing. A comfortable cut – Berghaus call this a ‘body-mapped’, ‘designed for dynamic body movement whilst climbing and belaying’ – and neat touches as mentioned above make it an ideal climbers midlayer top.
Obviously the eminently-switchable hood/snood combo becomes slightly less flexible once you’ve got a helmet on, as the snood lifts over one’s head, so once it’s down and your lid is on, that’s where it stays till you remove your helmet. Still, the stretchy Polartec Power Grid hood fits over a helmet, so it’s as flexible as possible. It’s also been treated by the pong-wizards at Polygiene, so you can wear it more and wash it less, which is something to be lauded.
Overall, this is an excellent midlayer fleece, and the snood/hood arrangement really adds to the warmth it delivers. Weighing in at 380g it’s a versatile item well worth checking out.
Colours: Snorkel Blue, Red Dahlia, Citronelle/Dusk, Jet Black
Price: £120 from Cotswolds, with free shipping.