Berghaus Pravatile Hooded Jacket (2014)

There are a lot of hooded fleece jackets available but not that many under £100, so at £75 the Berghaus Pravatile Hooded Jacket does have some appeal. It is made from an attractive stretch fleece that offers a good level of insulation for general hillwalking. It is not very wind-resistant, which makes it ideal for wearing under a waterproof because this allows better airflow to control condensation. Put it on and the cut on the body is reasonably close, which is what you want. The sleeves are looser though and as there is no adjustment at the cuffs I found this area quite chilly, in part as the elasticated cuffs just did not block any air movement. The cuffs were also particularly baggy. The hood did move okay with my head, but the fit around the face was poor in comparison with others, as, like the cuffs, it was just a little baggy and would benefit from a closer fit. There are two hip pockets and these extend to the hem, which means if you put anything in them while wearing a rucksack with a hipbelt it is a challenge to get those items out. Also the location of the zips to these pockets is easily obscured with rucksack belts. There is a very small pocket on the sleeve but it is too small to be of any real use. The price of the Berghaus Pravatile Hooded Jacket is appealing, but you only need to pay a few pounds more and you can get a much better design of product.

Material AT Stretch fleece
Men’s/unisex sizes S-XXL
Women’s sizes none
Weight 520g (size L)
Hood yes
External pockets 3
Website www.berghaus.com

 

Verdict

The price of the Berghaus Pravatile Hooded Jacket is appealing but the fit was not ideal and its features could be better designed.

Review by Graham Thompson
Just missed out on being in Trail magazine March 2014