Finding a quality softshell mid-layer that is versatile enough to wear as an outer layer when the temperature is right can be tricky. Lucky for me, the Beretta Highball Windpro Sweater is almost perfect thanks to its water resistance and 100% windproof design. I found it perfect for active outdoor activities including shed hunting, scouting missions, and run and gun hunts. This piece of clothing was originally created for waterfowl hunting but it suits me just fine in the whitetail woods.
Beretta Highball Windpro Sweater Review
The Highball Windpro Sweater is designed for waterfowl hunters where protection from the elements is key. The sweater is water-resistant and 100% windproof thanks to the Gore-Tex Infinium Softshell, it also has a grid fleece lining for added warmth.
- 100% Windproof
- Grid fleece lining for warmth
- Abrasion-resistant inserts for durability
- Rubber-tipped zippers for easy use with gloves.
- Fleece-lined kangaroo pouch
- Foldable High Back Collar for warmth
After spending countless hours wearing the Beretta Highball Windpro Sweater, I can wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone looking for a windproof and water-resistant pullover that has the versatility of being utilized as an outer layer in moderately cold temperatures and a mid-layer when temperatures drop below freezing.
I’ve put a lot of miles on this year wearing this pullover and you can’t even tell that I’ve even worn it. Heck, I had it on today shed hunting and if it wasn’t for the mud from my dog, you’d never know it. The abrasion-resistant elbows make pushing through the brush much easier and more comfortable.
The Gore-Tex Infinium finish on the Beretta Highball Windpro works great for the amount of precipitation that I’ve tested in. The pullover beads water very well and I never found myself wet while wearing it, but I didn’t get caught in any downpours while hunting.
The Beretta Highball Windpro Sweater has many great features that enhance the user’s experience. The first thing you’ll notice is the various types of material utilized within this pullover. The softshell material that makes up the majority of the pull-over is extremely comfortable and is treated with Gore-Tex Infinium to create a water-resistance membrane to keep you dry.
The oversized-abrasion resistance elbows are a little noisy but it’s great for keeping burrs and briers away while hiking through the brush. I utilize my forearms to block briers, so this is a great feature to protect me from unwanted cuts and pokes.
Finally, the zippers are designed to last. They’re oversized and durable. I really like the rubberized extensions that keep them quiet and easy to access. The chest pocket is perfectly sized to fit a rangefinder, cellphone, or snacks!
So what would I change on the Beretta Highball Windpro Sweater?
For starters, I wouldn’t call it a sweater! This is a 1/4 zip pullover and the term seater doesn’t resonate within the hunting community. Beretta clothing is flying under the radar within the industry and it may be in part to their marketing strategy by utilizing the wrong terminology to describe the apparel.
The biggest change that I would make is the angle and position of the “kangaroo” pocket in the belly of the pullover. The zippers are spread too far apart and angled straight up and down. If they were positioned closer together, your hands could touch inside the front pocket, helping to generate warmth and promoting comfort. Also, the angle of the pockets are sewn straight up and down, instead of at an angle pointing towards the center of the body. The straight-line angle of the zippers puts pressure and slight discomfort on the wrists.
What temperatures are best suited for the Beretta Highball Windpro Sweater?
Beretta doesn’t come out and say this sweater (1/4 zip pullover) is best suited for an exact temperature but I found myself the most comfortable when temperatures were between 30 and 45 degrees. Any colder than 30 degrees and I utilized this pullover as a mid-layer and threw on an additional jacket for added warmth. You can also pair it with a quality base layer and get even better comfort during colder hunts. Anything warmer than 45 degrees and I was too warm while walking to and from the treestand but sitting in the stand or ground blind wasn’t an issue until the upper 50s.
What is the best hunting application for the Beretta Highball Windpro Sweater?
The Beretta Highball Windpro Sweater is extremely versatile and fits a wide variety of hunting applications. This mid-layer was originally designed for waterfowl hunting but as a whitetail hunter, I’ve used it before, during, and after the hunt with no issues or complaints yet.
Many of my hunts and activities were very mobile during moderately cold temperatures. With temperatures usually ranging from 30-45 degrees. It’s amazing how the wind and sun can make a difference in how cold it actually feels outside. Either way, this 1/4 zip pullover fits the bill for nearly any hunting activity from waterfowl to whitetails!
How does the Beretta Highball Windpro Sweater fit?
Beretta’s Highball Windpro Sweater fits me great at my current body shape, I’ve gained some weight recently, so I elected to move up to a size Large and it was a wise decision. I’m not the skinniest guy in the world and I’m really picky about how my clothes fit. I prefer a more athletic fit and this sweater seems to support fit the bill but has some room around the belly, which I need. If I was in better shape, I would go with a medium, but the large was good.
To put things into perspective, I’m 5’9″, 210 pounds, and a size large fits great. If I were to lose a few extra pounds this offseason, I’m sure it would be a little baggie but right now, it fits just right.
The higher than normal collar seemed odd at first, but it serves a good purpose as it does a good job of keeping the wind and rain off the back of your neck. It may seem annoying at first, but now I don’t even notice that it’s there.
Beretta Highball Windpro Sweater Review Summary
After spending several months testing the Beretta Highball Windpro Sweater, I can wholeheartedly recommend it for anyone looking for a water-resistant and 100% windproof option that can be worn as an outer layer or mid-layer. Although this Gore-Tex Infinium Softshell sweater is designed for waterfowl hunting, I found myself bowhunting, scouting, and shed hunting in this sweater every chance I could.
There are cheaper options on the market for water-resistance and windproof options, but Beretta is great to supply discount codes on a regular basis that you can find in the Daily Deals section of HuntingGearDeals.com. Also, I’ve seen the camo version on GRITR Outdoors for only $155.12, which is a steal in my opinion.
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