The 5000 is a winter weight mountain hardshell designed for most weather you can stand up in (and some you can’t) made from 3-layer Goretex. There’s a helmet compatible, fully adjustable hood with a wired peak, 2-way zip (with snap-button fastener at the bottom) and rear stormguard, two roomy handwarmer pockets set high to avoid a hipbelt, a vast external Napoleon pocket and another internal chest pocket. All the zips are Aquaguard protected and while I’ve not had any issues as yet, it’s worth urging caution and not expecting miracles. The ‘vented’ in the name refers to the pitzips, which are discreet and 1 way (from the top) but work well to spill heat when working hard. Sleeves are Velcro adjusted and there’s a hem adjuster as you’d expect. The cut is long in the body and roomy in the lower arms, but very tailored at the armpit – that’s my only real reservation here, and means it’s worth trying on in-store before purchase. The fabric is reinforced at the shoulders for durability. Berghaus make excellent mountain waterproofs, and while not super lightweight (about 570g on my scales), this is no exception – it’s performed flawlessly in some truly minging weather. Also available in a women’s version.
▶ Verdict: Fully featured, high performance mountaineering hardshell.
▶ Best for: Big, ambitious mountain routes and hiding from horrible weather.
Review by David Lintern @davidjlintern