Berghaus Capucin (2014)

There are a lot of nice touches here, but some annoying elements too. The hood has face drawcords, but no volume adjustment at the back. The three pockets on the outside are placed reasonably well for access with a rucksack on, but they aren’t quite big enough for an OS map. The cuffs get internal elastication, though, which is neatly done.

The Berghaus Capucin comes in men’s sizes S-XXL and women’s 8-18. The sleeves fit a little closer than most. The hood fit is very good for me, but there is no rear volume adjustment. The cuffs are neat but also lack adjustment.

The Berghaus Capucin is very comfy and I particularly liked the cuffs, the hood and the general feel of this jacket in use. You’ll notice the face drawcords, but they are fairly comfortable. The sleeves are a narrow fit. The jacket is a bit heavy, though, at 465g (men’s L) so it won’t be too comfy if carried in a rucksack all day.

The Berghaus Capucin is quite a warm jacket compared to the lighter options, making it better for use in winter than in the milder months. The warmth is provided by Berghaus Hydroloft Elite Pro, a synthetic material that’s ‘body-mapped’ to provided insulation where it’s most needed. This is protected by Pertex Microlight 100 ripstop nylon.

The Berghaus Capucin is higher price than some, but it’s a warmer jacket and you get hood drawcords.

The Berghaus Capucin is heavy, so it’s not ideal for stashing in a rucksack. It is warm, however, making it great in winter, and it’s comfy too. Pity about the pocket size, though.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine October 2014