Berghaus Winter Valparola (2015)

Features

Gore Windstopper soft shell fabric makes the Berghaus Winter Valparola durable and very water-resistant with a micro-grid polyester lining for extra warmth, but the drawback is the weight of 774g. There are four chest pockets, however, plus pit zips for ventilation and a hood with a peak, so you’re really getting a lot of features. Definitely built for the mountains in winter. 5/5

Fit

There is no women’s version of this jacket; it is just available in S-XXL for men. The fit is close but I could wear a thin fleece underneath. The body is very long and covered my bum better than many waterproof jackets. The helmet-compatible hood fits and moves with the head really well, the only niggle being the sleeves, which tend to ride up when reaching up. 4/5

Comfort

Apart from having sleeves that can ride up, the Berghaus Winter Valparola is very comfortable and warm. It does feel heavy, though, and as it has a membrane in the Gore Windstopper fabric, breathability is not as good as open-weave soft shell options. But you do get pit zips to prevent overheating. It is warm and will keep you dry in all but heavy rain, though. 4/5

In use

In damp but not winter conditions this would be a great jacket. The four chest pockets are all quite large, so you can warm hands easily or stuff a GPS receiver or maps and guidebooks inside them. The hood is very good, but the peak isn’t wired and there’s a lot of fabric that may soak up water rather than shed it. The body length is a real bonus, but the extra weight is a drawback. 4/5

Value

Considering all the features it boasts and the material used, the Winter Valparola’s price is acceptable. 4/5

Verdict

The Berghaus Winter Valparola is built for winter mountain adventures in cold, snowy and icy conditions, but it is heavy and too warm outside those conditions. 4.2/5

Review by Graham Thompson

First published in Trail magazine September 2015

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