Berghaus Smoulder Light Extrem

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A super-lightweight men’s technical fleece jacket that’s great for summer hiking.

This is an update to the popular Berghaus Smoulder jacket, which has been around for a few years. But by using the new Polartec Power Dry High Efficiency fabric, the weight is brought down dramatically. The honeycomb structure of the material is more open than previous incarnations, making it almost transparent against the light. It’s aimed at trail runners, and active walkers who need good insulation in a lightweight garment.

Smoulder Light Fleece Jacket light greyFurther details:

• Polartec Power Dry High Efficiency fabric
• Thumb loops
• Two pockets, chest and arm
• Full front zip with chin/beard guard
• Body map zoning

On test: Berghaus Smoulder Light jacket Extrem

Thumb loopsI’ve been using this on walks in some of the recent hot weather we’ve been having in the central belt, and I have to say, it feels amazingly cool against the skin. At higher altitudes, I was glad of the long sleeves, and for extra insulation there are a couple of thumb loops if that’s your thing.

It’s quite a slim, athletic fit thanks to the zoned ‘body map’ panels – the fabric is thinner under the arms and on the sides – but it still stretches with you on a climb. It’s long in the body, and there’s a great stand-up collar to keep your neck free from draughts.

Fabric detailThe material has also been treated with Polygiene, which contains recycled silver, to stop it from smelling on longer treks.

It’s the chequer board construction of the fabric that’s at the heart of the garment’s success, though – the piled grids on the inside help wick sweat away from the body fast, allowing it to evaporate over a large outer surface area. So although I did perspire while on my hikes, I never felt too wet, as the jacket was drying out as I walked.

Stand-up collar keeps your neck free from draughts The jacket scrunches down to almost nothing, and mine weighs an amazing 225g (medium). There are a couple of pockets, but the one on the sleeve is pretty small. Might take a credit card if you’re lucky! Also, due to the lightweight nature of the jacket, if you put a phone in the chest pocket, it sags, and is just a nuisance.

It’s my new favourite jacket for summer, and should do the job layered up in the autumn, too.

Now on sale for £51 at Berghaus website.

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