Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Review - Berghaus Ardennes softshell

I was sent this softshell jacket for review and I liked it very much. It has been available for maybe a year or so. There are a lot of softshells on the market. Is this one any better than any of the others? I really don't know but Berghaus is a well known name and British (despite the Germanic sound of the name).

I'm of maybe just under average height (5ft 6ins) with perhaps 38in chest; the size medium was just right. It was a good fit.  The colour  was a two-tone grey (dark and light) and quite attractive.  I felt that the white zips were a bit on the stark side but got used to it.  I wore it during a weekend that wasn't too cold. The fleece lining was comfortable and so were the elasticated cuffs. The hem is adjustable if you feel the need to keep cold weather out from below.

It is treated with a Durable Water Repellent (DWR) finish so should shed at least light rain. It's also windproof and breathable. There is a full length zip and also two zipped side pockets, mesh lined; there's no chest pocket. Inside are two large mesh pockets.

The jacket weighs 540g in size medium. Using layering, I don't see why it shouldn't be suitable for year round use. The RRP is £90.00; a variant with a hood is also available for £100.00. There's not much not to like. It does the job and well.

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