Berghaus – Women’s Explorer Eco long-sleeve shirt

The material isn’t as light as a lot of wicking-style tops are, so it holds up better when confronted with brambles and similar. It will snag eventually of course, it’s not utterly immune, but not quite as easily as a lot of its contemporaries. The finished fabric is soft and comfortable too, so you aren’t sacrificing comfort for durability.

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Berghaus – Lawers Polartec Fleece Jacket

It has passed the ‘keep me warm’ test under extreme wind conditions atop of a Shropshire Hill where the dog was almost blown off his feet, and cooled me down when the sun came out so I didn’t have to take it off while walking. It has also been worn indoors during my no-central heating experiment and kept me toasty.

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Berghaus celebrates three OutDoor Industry Awards

Three product developments from the latest Berghaus range were awarded a gong, The HyperTherm Race Smock picked up an award in the Performance Clothing category, while the new ECO Wovens collection was successful in the category that focuses on products of high ecological and sustainable value. In addition to those accolades, the design team behind the new Hyper Smock 2.0 was presented with a coveted Gold Award in the Performance Clothing category.

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Berghaus – Expeditor Waterproof Hiking Boots

At £100 for the leather boot, Berghaus seems to be targetting the novice to intermediate outdoorsman really aggressively. Their choice to eschew expensive membranes from GORE or EVENT has resulted in a really functional and stylish boot at a pretty competitive price. So far, so good for this boot test with no problems to report on general mooching, dog-walking and short-sharp lowland hikes

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Berghaus – Popena Women’s down jacket

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.

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Berghaus – Cristallo Softshell Jacket

I’ve used Gore’s WINDSTOPPER fabric for many years on the motorbike, where you’re subjected to constant cold blasts whilst not doing much physical activity. I don’t think I’ve ever been as cold as on a few winter rides I can remember, and I can attest to the difference that the fabric can make in helping you conserve heat. The difference it makes on the hill, particularly when you’ve been walking uphill and get to the summit, stop and cool down rapidly is impressive. It really does work very well.

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Berghaus – Ilam Water-Resistant Down Jacket

So far the Ilam has been tested in prolonged drizzle, low cloud and a short-sharp shower. The DWR (waterproofing) treatment has done a good job of shedding most of the damp, and there hasn’t been any noticeable loss of warmth when it’s been really moist. The down doesn’t appear to have suffered any loss of loft, or leached any oils into the outer fabrics and made it look like wee stains.

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Berghaus – Expedition Men’s Heavyweight Crew Socks

Putting them on was a delight as they were certainly warm and comfortable – none of that scratchy feeling of old fashioned woollen socks, here the Merino wool feeling softer against the skin. I was so impressed that I showed them off to everyone in the house and from their raised eyebrows and non-committal responses I guess they could not quite appreciate my enthusiasm.

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