While we didn’t give it a full review, we did take it out for a day’s walking in the rain.
Firstly What Berghaus has to say.
- Additional weather protection is achieved with the use of the adjustable, full mountain hood with peak
- Keep all your essentials close at hand in the five pockets – two chest pockets with YKK AquaGuard®zips, two raised hand pockets with YKK AquaGuard®zips and one internal chest pocket
- Keep cool no matter what your exertion rate with the two covered YKK AquaGuard® pit zips
- Freedom of movement is enhanced with the articulated sleeves
- Find a comfortable fit with the hook and loop bonded cuff tabs and the dual hem adjustment – including a concealed cord lock
- Stay versatile whatever your mountain activity with the detachable snow skirt
While we have the jacket in Black, I wish I had gone for the Intense Blue, I don’t really like black jackets for walking. (Was warned by a mountain rescue team a few years back, that if you get lost, it’s harder to find you.), but black was all they had in stock when I was ordering and I wanted to try it.
Well the jacket got a good testing, as it rained for pretty much the entire days walking (nothing new there then).
I can say that at the end of the day I was still dry, which is always a positive when trying out waterproof jackets and it looks quite good on. Not that this matter as I saw no body out the entire day.
Its been a few years since I have had a jacket with zips under the arms for extra movement, breathability and how I have missed these. While I needed the jacket on to keep me dry, it was nice while hiking through the hills of the Peak District to let some air to cool me down, 1 feature I particularly loved.
The jacket comes with a detachable snow skirt, which is a great feature, it want something I needed so left this at home. So can’t really review it. Might have to take the jacket for a more rigours test up Ben Nevis in a few months.
As Berghaus describe the sleeves “Freedom of movement is enhanced with the articulated sleeves” all I can say is that they are good especially when scrambling up the sides of the hills and you need that freedom of movement.
While we think the jacket is very good and will be used again in future, especially when we go to Ben Nevis, the price is the sticking point.
Overall would give this jacket a 4/5 rating with the price point stopping it getting the 5.