Berghaus – Popena Women’s down jacket

This little pink coat packs a serious heavyweight punch of warmth. It’s like wrapping a duvet or sleeping bag around you. I half expected to see a tog rating when looking at the label, such is the enveloping comfort.

The past few weeks have seen a serious dumping of snow and temperatures of -8c here at GWA HQ and this jacket has more than proved its worth keeping me nice and cosy.

berghaus-popenaThe shell is made from Pertex Microlight double mini ripstop – in laymans terms that is 100% nylon in a very tough but thin fabric. It is super light and squishes down to a really small size easily in your pack.

The exterior is coated in a water repellent finish, this has stood up to both snow and a fairly lengthy downpour. Also I’m pleased to say it seems to dry out pretty quickly too.

The heat is provided by 90% down and 10% feather in a 650 fill, which is certainly enough to deal with most cold days, but a little thin for true mountain top or arctic expeditions perhaps. To keep that fill in place, the Popena is stitched in little pockets like you see on a sleeping bag and Berghaus have used these sewn lines to accentuate a feminine look to good effect.

The jacket is cut a little longer particularly at the back which means you don’t get any annoying little drafts tickling your waist. Berghaus have also supplied drawcords at the waist so you can really batten down the hatches if you want to. They were quite useful when we decided to a bit of impromptu sledging last week and worked a treat.

The neck is also cut nice and high moving seamlessly into a padded hood, which has built in peak and some more of the drawstrings. When the whole thing is zipped up your really do feel as snug as the proverbial bug in a rug.

There are two external pockets which are a reasonable size for a stashing a pair of gloves & a hat, and these have a zipper closure. The cuffs are elasticated and also have an additional velcro tab to tighten things up even further if required.

The Berghaus Popena is a really well designed little jacket. And quality wise it’s great. But alas, I have one bugbear and that’s the zipper. Pretty much every jacket I’ve been sent for testing lately has a two-way zip. In this case I rarely seem to be able to do it one in one go (the zip is not faulty) and there is usually a few seconds of frustration as I’m getting ready to leave the house, I think for a jacket of this length a single zip would have been fine, although I do understand the argument for venting and access purposes.

Now the temperature is starting to warm-up around here it is getting a tad warm to wear on walks, but it still has its place at events where I know I’ll be standing still and exposed to the elements. It’s the type of jacket you put on when you get to the top of the hill to stop you cooling too fast.

Price wise its RRP is £200 which for all the spec in this jacket is about right, but quite an investment for a jacket you won’t want to wear all year round, However, I’ve noticed that its now available for £100 at Cotswold which is a positive bargain.


  • Ell

    Hi could you tell me if the fit standard or small or large. Normally I am 8 -10 UK. I wear size small in Adidas or Nike etc. I notice with 1 or 2 of the newer Rab insulated jackets, there is no room for the female chest when wearing a hoodie underneath, it’s just not flattering in size small, but there is loads of room in the shoulders and arms. so medium would be too big. I have tried another Berghaus lite jacket size 10 and I think it was very close fitting also with a hoodie underneath in the chest area. I think it depends on the style and if it’s meant as to be worn with just a minimal layer underneath. I can never seem to go up to UK 12 as the arms and shoulders are far too big. I have tried numerous styles and have had to return them online. I never had this problem until this winter. Seems maybe the companies are trying to make a more flattering less bulky fit and forgetting about girls that are not flat chested. Any info you can give me about Berghaus Womens Popena Hooded Hydrodown Fusion Insulated Jacket is appreciated. I’m looking for an insulated Jacket that I can wear a hoodie underneath. Mountain Equipment seems to be bigger in UK 10 then so it’s confusing and I don’t want to waste more money on returns. Thanks Ell

    • I found my test version to come up true to size/standard. If you are 8/10, but want to wear a hoodie I would go for the 10. However this jacket is VERY warm, so you won’t want your mid-layer to be bulky. Anything too chunky will become a bit of a squeeze. I’m not flat chested and have not had any problems layering up, but I choose more streamlined layers than one bulky number. Hope that helps!

      • Ell


  • Ell

    Thanks! Will purchase the 10 and fingers crossed. Thanks for your help