Berghaus Ramche/Ilam (2013)

At this price you would expect the Berghaus Ramche (men’s) / Ilam (women’s) to be pretty special – and it is. It is one of the MtnHaus products designed by a crack team that includes renowned mountaineer Mick Fowler. The jacket features hydrophobic down, which resists ‘wetting out’ (saturation) better than normal down, meaning this keeps you warm even when it gets damp, say from condensation or melting snow. There is plenty of down used in the jacket too, so it feels really warm. The shell is made from Pertex Quantum GL, which is extremely light but also durable. The hood is very large so it can fit over a helmet easily, but it can also be adjusted to head size with an extremely impressive fit. The sleeves are also very well-profiled to give an exceptionally good fit. There are two huge pockets and two internal pockets. The cuffs get tab adjusters too. All that for just 516g (men’s L) is stunning. The only niggles are that the fabric is very shiny and the price tag is very high if you don’t need its impressive performance levels. But for serious winter use when weight and performance are number one priorities the Berghaus Ramche/Ilam is the best product in our test.

Price Ramche/Ilam £300/240
Outer Pertex Quantum GL
Insulation 850+ fill power 90/10 hydrophobic down
Weight 516g (size L)
Men’s sizes S-XXL (Ramche)
Women’s sizes 8-18 (Ilam)
Website www.berghaus.com

Verdict

The Berghaus Ramche/Ilam is an outstanding down jacket for regular use in the most demanding situations but less frequent users can save lots of cash and stay warm with other very good jackets. It won the ‘Best in Test’ accolade.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine February 2013