Probably the best-featured jacket in our test, the Berghaus Ignite Hoody offers great value for money considering what you get. It’s the only option with a two-way zip – important if considering using it with a harness, or as a belay jacket – and it also has a soft chinguard, a fully adjustable hood, premium Primaloft One insulation, a water-resistant Pertex Microlight outer, and soft, fitted cuffs. The jacket also feels extremely durable, and it’s warm too; not the warmest here, but certainly comparable – which, when you consider the price and features, is pretty impressive. It also comes with a stuffsack for easy packing. I found the fit – which also comes in women’s sizes – a bit hit and miss; tight around the throat and shoulders when zipped up while remaining generous in the midriff – so it’s difficult to say if this is as suitable as a throw-on over layer as it is as a mid or outer layer. While you get four zipped pockets (three on the outside and a lined stash pocket inside) none of them can take an OS map, and the hood adjustment sliders are perilously close to the eyes. But overall, for what you’re getting, the Berghaus Ignite Hoody is exceptionally good value.
Weight 421g (size S)
Outer fabric Pertex Microlight
Insulation Primaloft One (100% polyester)
Stuffsack/packable? stuffsack (+12g)
Adjustable hood? Yes
Men’s sizes S-XXL
Women’s sizes 8-18
The Berghaus Ignite Hoody is an excellently featured insulated jacket that – while imperfect – is well-equipped to warm up the UK hillwalker.
Review by Simon Ingram
First published in Trail magazine March 2013