Read Lucy Wallace’s review of the Salewa Pedroc Polarlite, as featured in our full test of fleeces and mid-layers
This is a very light and breathable grid style fleece that performs particularly well in situations where the body is pumping out a lot of heat and sweat, but still needs the insulation of a fleece. The smooth face fabric and flatlocked seams mean it would work as part of a bigger layering system, but the lightweight breathability is ideally suited to milder conditions.
There are some nice details that add to comfort and durability, including thumb loops that pull the fleece down over the back of the hands for extra warmth, a stretch lining to high wear areas around the hips, and deep mesh lined zipped pockets that double as vents. There isn’t a hood, but the lined collar is deep and cosy.
My one complaint is with the pockets (this seems to be my theme for this month’s reviews). I like the volume and the secure zips, but when in use they pull and sag a bit as the fleece is so light and stretchy. I think this problem would be solved in part if I was in a smaller size, I was sent a 14/USL, which is bigger than my normal size.
This feels like a fleece for fast and light adventures, and the reflective detailing adds to the vibe. It’s a great addition to an active wardrobe, especially as a layer in the mountains in summer.
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