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Berghaus Ramche Micro jacket – Editor’s Choice




£300 www.berghaus.com

The Ramche Micro is an exciting new prospect, as not only can it call upon the pedigree of the much bigger Ramche that have preceded it, but it also brings a whole new angle to the range. As you can guess from the name, it’s essentially a smaller, lighter version for less brutal conditions. It was also developed with input from recently-retired-tax-man-cum-mountaineer Mick Fowler (look him up), so it’s reasonable to expect a practical product. In its 310g package you get 850-fill Hydrodown treated with water-resistant Nikwax… plus a cinchable hood, hem adjusters and two outer pockets. It’s far from the most well-featured jacket out there, but in my testing I was consistently surprised at the impressive levels of warmth retention, whilst the hydrophobic properties meant I wasn’t terrified of getting it damp whilst bivvying or walking/camping whilst the sky was spitting. The only niggle I had in testing was the lack of protection at the top of the zip, which consequently caught on my neck and beard – however I’m assured that this has been corrected for the first production run.

VERDICT: A very neat, slight and warm jacket with good hydrophobic qualities.

BEST FOR: expeditions and lightweight camps.

Review by Dan Aspel @danaspel