If you’re after a fleece that makes a style statement but still works outdoors, Next’s super-comfy Elements Borg will do you proud – and it’s an affordable pick too.
Super soft fleece
Comfortable longer-length boxy fit
Not heavy-duty enough for proper cold conditions
No recycled material used
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Next Elements Cosy Borg Zip Jacket: first impressions
The Next Elements Cosy Borg Zip Jacket is a fleece for the moment. In recent months Retro-styled fleece jackets have become a bit of a fashion favorite out on the trails, and if you want to get in on the old-school style action, then the Elements Borg jacket is a nailed-on winner – at least in terms of looks.
This longer-length, oversized fleece jacket has quilted sleeves and comes in various bright colorways – but this garment isn’t just a pretty face. It has also been super comfortable to wear from the get go, and sports the softest lining of all the jackets we tested for our best women’s fleece jackets buying guide, with Borg material sewn in for added warmth.
We like the three zipped pockets, and the fleece-free sleeves are handy for rolling up for working or gardening outdoors.
• RRP: $51 (US) / £38 (UK)
• Gender specificity: Women’s
• Sizes: XS / S / M / L / XL / 2XL / 3XL
• Weight: 355g / 12.5oz
• Colors: Khaki Green & Black / Pink & Blue / Navy & Green
• Compatibility: Casual use for hiking, cold-weather camping and day-to-day wear
Next Elements Cosy Borg Zip Jacket: on the trails
We’ve been testing out the Next Elements jacket since it was launched it in fall 2021, and we’ve found ourselves slinging it on again and again for everything from sunny hikes to nipping to the shops to camping trips – it’s just super comfortable.
If comfort is top of your shopping list, this really is a lovely jacket to have hanging up at home for use in dry cold weather, and the generous cut makes it easy to wear multiple layers beneath it.
That said, the Elements Borg is not quite warm enough to work on icy winter days and is too long and bulky to fit under waterproof and fleece jackets – save it for use as an outer layer in fall and winter.
An award-winning travel and outdoors journalist, presenter and blogger, Sian regularly writes for The Independent, Evening Standard, BBC Countryfile, Coast, Outdoor Enthusiast and Sunday Times Travel. Life as a hiking, camping, wild-swimming adventure-writer has taken her around the world, exploring Bolivian jungles, kayaking in Greenland, diving with turtles in Australia, climbing mountains in Africa and, in Thailand, learning the hard way that peeing on a jellyfish sting doesn’t help. Her blog, thegirloutdoors.co.uk, champions accessible adventures.