It’s good: Here’s a new jacket from Berghaus that features Paclite fabric, which in the lab offers extremely high levels of waterproofness and breathability. The jacket weighs in at 394g (men’s L), which is light enough to easily stash in your sack without weighing you down. The jacket has a full-length front zip and this benefits from an external double stormflap, which means it should keep the rain out more effectively than zips without this feature. There are three chest-mounted pockets and these all remain accessible while wearing rucksacks with a hipbelt. The two main pockets are mesh-lined, which reduces weight and allows more airflow. The hood is particularly interesting as it can be rolled to the collar and secured, it has a stiffened peak, and it fits and moves with the head really well. All that for £180 is good value by current standards.
But: As those main pockets are mesh they will allow the wearer to get wet if water gets into the pockets. Also the zips on the main pockets are slightly shorter than they could be, which is irritating. The main problem though is that other fabrics control condensation better than Gore-Tex Paclite.
Verdict: A great lightweight jacket, as long as you don’t need the best condensation controlling fabric.
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