Lucy Wallace tested the Haglöfs Women’s Heron Hood and here’s why she awarded it ‘best buy’.

It’s not often that I come across a garment that I love unconditionally, but the Haglöfs Women’s Heron Hood is near faultless. Once I’m wearing it, I forget about it, thanks to zero discomfort or niggles, which is why this great fleece has been previously mentioned in our guide to the best fleeces

Price: £130 | Weight: 315g | Insulation: 238 g/m² Pontetorto Technotretch- 93% recycled polyester 7% elastane | Sizes: XS-XXL | Men’s version: Yes

The soft and compressible four way stretch fleece is close fitting and stretchy enough to allow full freedom of movement.  The smooth face fabric slides easily under other layers.  It’s warm for its weight, and is really comfortable over a base layer and under a hard shell in wet mountain weather, feeling warm and dry inside, even when the headline story is damp and sweaty.

The close fit is never restrictive, but combined with the generous length, makes for a sleek silhouette that doesn’t ride up. I tested a size medium, and it felt true to size.  There are two roomy torso pockets with a mesh lining and zips that don’t interfere with my rucksack harness. The hood is snug and stretchy, fitting easily under a climbing helmet. There are no thumb loops or hem cord, but these are unnecessary as the stretch fabric keeps drafts out.

I love this fleece for its versatility; great on its own in mild conditions, and providing a quick drying layer beneath other layers in cold weather.  I also love that it is made from 93% recycled polyester, keeping the environmental footprint to a minimum.