That is a lot of cash to splash, so you want to be sure it’s right. After a year’s use, I’m confident Berghaus got pretty much everything spot on here. The insulation is water resistant ‘Hydrodown’, ethically sourced and treated without PFC’s, and is incredibly warm given its size and weight. That’s partly down to an internal aluminium mesh that reflects body heat back, as well as zoned, or ‘bodymapped’ insulation. This down is quick to bounce back from damp – after an airing, it’s as good as new. Features wise, they haven’t skimped on the fill for the hood, there’s pockets aplenty for phone, water, gloves and snacks, a double zip on the front, thankfully with a popper at the bottom to stop it riding up, plus the usual hem and hood drawcords. Zips are easy to grab with gloves on, and the ‘7d’ outer fabric is wind and water-resistant and seems pretty robust – certainly mine is unblemished. The hood could use a fully wired peak and a rear adjuster in my view, but otherwise there’s nothing negative to say here. I used mine all last winter… and Scottish winter is really hard on down kit… and it still looks and performs like a brand new jacket. About 430g on my scales, size medium – an amazing weight for a genuinely 4 season puffy.
VERDICT: Nearly perfect design, very water resistant and warm puffy jacket.
BEST FOR: Winter mountaineering and camping.
Review by David Lintern @