Many shell jackets seem aimed at the alpinist apparently hidden inside all of us. Berghaus’ Ridgemaster does not. This is an unpretentious hillwalking garment inside and out. The breathable, waterproof membrane is supplied by Gore-Tex and comes in a two-layer fabric, meaning that it also requires a netting to protect the inner lining from abrasion damage. This also means that it’s not a lightweight piece (a large is 557g), but that it sits towards the more affordable end of the market. The two outer pockets are designed for casual hand warming use whilst the huge inner pocket can hold a map easily. There’s a solid hem adjuster and the hood can be cinched at the back and tightened at the front, the latter is a little fiddly and the soft peak and slightly restrictive articulation of the (non-helmet compatible) hood could be better, but overall it’s a reassuring design. The jacket traps more heat than most, so it’s best kept for walking rather than anything sweatier or more intensive.
VERDICT: A solid, well-priced hillwalking jacket.
BEST FOR: Cool weather walkers.
Review by Dan Aspel @