Argentium fabric is the secret to the success of this versatile long-sleeved winter top.
Iâ€™ve been wearing this great base layer for a few weeks now, and it is really becoming a staple part of my winter wardrobe. Itâ€™s made from Berghausâ€™s own Argentium 50 fabric, and the technology behind it is perfect for the Scottish weather.
â€¢ Argentium 50 fabric
â€¢ UPF 30+ protection
â€¢ Silver ion
â€¢ Athletic fit
â€¢ Half zip
First impressions are that the top is extremely lightweight, at around 220g, and I was doubtful whether the garment would keep me cosy, as it feels almost silky. Itâ€™s a slim, long body fit, but the medium size was right for me â€“ making enough contact with my skin to soak up any sweat, and push it through to the outside of the fabric so it can evaporate. The sleeves are long, but have no thumb holes. Thereâ€™s a stand-up collar to keep out the draughts, and a half zip for ventilation. Offset seams on the shoulders avoid any chafing from your pack.
To test this out, I went on some fairly active hikes in the Pentlands, and although the weather was just above freezing, my core stayed warm from the outset. I had on a mid-layer fleece and an insulated jacket, and I was using walking poles, so expected to build up a bit of a sweat. I felt warm, but stayed dry throughout the walk even though I was really striding out. This is due to the ribbed structure on the inside of the fabric, creating a larger surface area to insulate and soak up moisture.
Thereâ€™s silver impregnated throughout the fabric, too, which helps cut down on odours, so you can wear the top for longer.
I confess I havenâ€™t washed it yet, and it still seems OKâ€¦ at least no-oneâ€™s mentioned anything.
All in all, this is a good value addition to your winter kit, and perfect for walkers, trail runners and even on the ski slopes.