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Regatta Women’s Sweethart Lightweight Half-Zip Fleece review: girly in name only this budget buy is impressive

The simple and effective Regatta Women’s Sweethart Lightweight Half-Zip Fleece is a smart, comfortable and cheap as chips mid layer

Regatta Women's Sweethart Lightweight Half-Zip Fleece
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Our Verdict

Top marks for value for money here – Regatta’s Sweethart is a handy, thinner mid layer fleece to pop on for active excursions, and at £25 (even cheaper if you shop around) it’s a bit of a no-brainer if you’re outdoorsy but strapped for cash.

For

  • Slim fit is great for layering
  • Good longer-length cut
  • Smart colorways

Against

  • Offers limited warmth
  • No pockets
  • No recycled material

Regatta Women’s Sweethart Lightweight Half-Zip Fleece: first impressions

When it comes to value for money the Regatta Women’s Sweethart Lightweight Half-Zip Fleece knocks it out of the park  – our only question was: could a fleece this cheap impress us enough to make it into our best women’s fleece jackets buying guide?

After our first few wears, we noted that while it may not be as warm as a thick mid layer, it works nicely when you just need something extra underneath a cycle or waterproof jacket on a milder winter excursion. For this price, you can afford to buy a few Sweetharts and use them for years to come. 

Specifications

• RRP: $30 (US) / £25 (UK)
• Gender specificity: Women’s
• Sizes: 10 / 12 / 14 / 16 / 18 / 20 / 22 / 24 / 26
• Weight: 257g / 9oz
• Colors: Polar Bear Parchment / Ice Blue / Blackcurrant / Light Steel / Fig / Dark Cerise / Tigerlilly Orange
• Compatibility: Layer under jackets on warmer winter days

Regatta Women’s Sweethart Lightweight Half-Zip Fleece: on the trails

We have been testing out one of these fantastically priced fleeces for a few months now, and have been impressed with its quality (unlike some other very cheap fleeces, which don’t add much warmth or comfort).

First up, it’s important to note that the Sweethart is girly only in name – this is a smart, capable, slim-fit fleece top, available in a range of neutral colors and with a good plus-size range to choose from. We like the comfortable zipped neck and the longer cut, which sits nicely around the hips and doesn’t ride up when you walk. 

This isn’t a thick fleece, but it makes a brilliantly cosy mid-layer on mild days, and that slim fit is ideal for wearing underneath your more form-fitting waterproof jackets and jerseys. It can also be handy for layering up for sports such as cycling where you want to add a bit of warmth without extra bulk. (For more on layering see: why is layering important?)

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.