Going for a walk in the winter time means you need to wrap up warm, especially if you live in the countryside like us. We are surrounded by lovely scenery and it is a shame not to make the most of it even in the winter. But wow, the crosswinds coming over the fields can be bitterly cold. And if you are not wrapped up you end up a frozen lump when you get home. We were offered the chance to try a few items of walking clothes from Blacks which are perfect for this season.
Both Roger and I received walking clothes, trousers and fleeces for each of us and also a beanie for Roger too.
So, let’s start with Roger’s garments…
Craghoppers Men’s Steall Waterproof Trousers
The men’s Craghoppers waterproof trousers are black, they’re made with AquaDry™ membrane technology which means the waterproof layer creates an impenetrable barrier against wet weather without compromising its breathability and comfort.
They offer freedom of movement with the streamlined profile and are fully lined. The waist sits securely across the waist with its dropped part-elasticated waist. With 3 zip-fastening pockets, there is plenty of room to take your bits and pieces with you.
When we opened the packaging for these the smell reminded me of swimming pools? Not sure why but yeh that’s what they smelt like.
Rog put on the men’s waterproof trousers on and at first, he thought they might be a little tight as he was pulling them up. After a bit of bending and realising that they were not going to split, they loosened up and fit him perfectly.
He said they were very comfortable, even when bending. The added fleece type lining was great, even when being outside for a while his legs were still warm and he didn’t feel the cold at all.
They do up with a long zip, with a button and a popper too so they are definitely secure.
Although we wouldn’t go walking in the pouring rain, we find that bushes and trees do gather the water maybe because it’s cold and doesn’t evaporate as quickly. Brushing past a bush or tree with these trousers on, you aren’t going to get water soaking through to the skin.
The North Face Men’s Glacier Quarter Zip Fleece
This men’s North Face fleece looks and feels like a thin fleece top so the instant thought is that it won’t keep you very warm. Well, looks are deceiving because this quarter-zip fleece is actually very warm.
It has Polartec applied fleece fibre which provides versatile thermoregulation that sustains lightweight, breathable and fast drying characteristics.
With a high necked collar and elasticated cuff binding, it keeps all that warmth in and The North Face logo is situated on the left breast of the fleece top.
Putting this over a t-shirt Roger found that he was warmer than usual. In fact, he was that hot he wanted me to turn the heating down. That didn’t go down well with me so made him take the top off instead. Wearing it outside he found he was nice and snug. He said it would provide enough warmth in the evenings of late summer and winter on its own when outdoors. And with a coat over the top in the depths of winter, this men’s fleece will definitely keep him warm enough.
The North Face Men’s Salty Dog Beanie
Roger wears his men’s beanie hat a lot, especially in the winter as he has not got much hair so I thought the men’s North Face beanie hat would keep his head nice and warm while out and about. With it being jersey lined it adds extra warmth, it is a mid-length fit which means you can pull it down for a snug fit.
Berghaus Women’s Prism II Full-Zip Micro Fleece
I prefer to wear hoodies and outerwear tops with full zips, the reason for this is that I can take them off quicker and I don’t have to pull them over my head, so this microfleece was perfect for me.
The women’s Berghaus fleece is lightweight and can be shoved into a backpack without it taking up too much room when not in use. However, at the moment, it is being worn under my jacket because it is absolutely freezing outside.
I like that if I decided to buy a Berghaus InterActive jacket I can zip this to it. Another feature I like is the high collar as when it is zipped fully my neck stays nice and warm too.
The 2 zipped side pockets not only keep my hands warm when needed but also keeps my keys and phone secure while out and about with no worries of them falling out.
I really do like this women’s fleece, it keeps my top half comfortably warm. It fits nicely although I would prefer it to be a bit longer in the body but, that is my own personal preference. It does what it is supposed to do and I haven’t felt like an ice block once since wearing this when I go out.
Peter Storm Women’s Softshell Trousers
The last garment is the Peter Storm softshell trousers. When I first saw these I didn’t really like the look of them if I am honest. They are not something that I would instantly purchase on looks. That said these are absolutely fantastic.
I tried the women’s walking trousers on as soon as they came and instantly changed my mind about them. Okay so they are not all that on the looks in my preference but they certainly make up for it in comfort and warmth.
Wow seriously, I have not known walking trousers to be as soft inside as these are. When bending down the trousers move effortlessly with me.
I can walk, hike if I need too and these trousers will go with the flow, never digging in or irritating me.
They are made from a lightweight and resistant outer layer which offers protection against the elements. And a bonded microfleece inner which provides next-to-skin comfort and is very soft and warm.
If I can be sure of anything then it has to be that Roger and I will be very dry and warm when we are braving the countryside this winter in these walking clothes.
These walking clothes and lots more are available on Blacks website. And right now there is a sale on.
Disclaimer: We received these garments for the purpose of this post. All thoughts and opinions are our own and not influenced in any way.