Berghaus Ramche (2015)

Features
The big story is the 850+ fill power 90/10 hydrophobic down, which maintains its performance when wet better than standard down. You also get Pertex Quantum GL outer fabric to keep the weight down to a very acceptable 516g (size L). The helmet-compatible hood has face drawcords and a wired peak while the two pockets get zips. 5/5

Fit
The Berghaus Ramche comes in size S-XXL for men with the women’s nearest equivalent – the lower priced (£260) Ilam – coming in sizes 8-18. The Ramche’s hood is exceptionally good and has the best movement with the head of any we tested, while that wired peak ensures great vision. The cuffs get Velcro adjustment too for added fine-tuning of the fit. 5/5

Comfort
At 516g (size L) this jacket feels lighter than many when worn. There is no bunching of material, and those face drawcords don’t dig into the face uncomfortably either. A wider patch of the rushed softer fabric at the chin, which some other jackets do have, would be a welcome luxurious addition though. 5/5

In Use
There is a good insulation here for British winters in the mountains, although the Rab Infinity Endurance is slightly warmer. Rather than stitched-through designs, the Ramche does benefit from having offset baffles and square baffles to improve heat retention, which the Berghaus Ilam and other lower-priced jackets do not have. 5/5

Value
The Berghaus Ramche is an outstanding jacket, but at this price it needs to be as there are really great jackets costing £100 less. 3/5

Verdict

If you have the cash it’s hard to find a better jacket for British winter mountain use than the Berghaus Ramche, though some lower-priced models are warmer. 4.6/5

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Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine January 2015