Berghaus Cristallo/Teton (2013)

The Berghaus Cristallo for men and Teton for women is designed for winter use and so it employs a heavier weight of Gore Windstopper fabric than some other jackets, with a thicker insulating layer on the inside to give it extra warmth. To further improve winter performance, the cuffs have an inner liner with thumb loops, and the hood is also well-insulated. Unusually the peak is made from a double layer of fabric (rather than being wired), which I feel is not as good at protecting the eyes. The body of this jacket is longer than most, which is great for staying warm, although you’ll need a matching long waterproof jacket to cover it during heavy rain. The pocketing is impressive with two chest-mounted main pockets that are large enough for maps as well as being ideal for warming hands. The third chest pocket is not so big, but it’s ideal for GPS receivers or smaller guidebooks. Overall the Berghaus Cristallo/Teton would be great in in winter, which is what it is designed for, but this does also mean that outside of the coldest conditions it could be too warm – although it does have pit zips to help prevent overheating. It’s also a bit heavier than the less dedicated winter jackets, so if you need to take it off in milder conditions it will weigh down your pack more than most.

Material Gore Windstopper
Weight 792g (size L)
External pockets 3
Internal pockets 0
Pit zips yes
Men’s sizes S-XXL (Cristallo)
Women’s sizes 8-18 (Teton)

The Berghaus Cristallo/Teton is an ideal soft shell for winter use, but on warmer days it may feel too warm – and if you have to pack it in your rucksack the weight is a real drawback.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine October 2013