Bergans of Norway Glittertind (2013)

The Bergans of Norway Glittertind is made from Dermizax, a 3-layer fabric with a membrane to keep water out while allowing sweat to travel out through the fabric to prevent condensation build-up. The lab results for the fabric are good and it certainly feels as good as other top-end fabrics. The design of this jacket appears quite good on first appearances, as it is average in length with four main pockets. The two main pockets are positioned so that can be accessed above the rucksack belt, while the two high pockets are Napoleon-style. However all these pockets have mesh linings, so they are not going to be best for keeping water out. Also the two Napoleon pockets are quite small, so they are of limited use, though the two lower pockets do take an OS map. There are pit zips to further improve condensation control. The hood is the main problem with this jacket however as its peak is not stiffened or wired and when adjusted it easily obscures vision. However the fit and movement of the hood are good. However at this price there are jackets with perfect hoods and so this feature is a major let-down for this jacket. If you can live with the hood then it would be a useful jacket for general hillwalking and mountain trips if you don’t mind having the mesh pockets, which do save weight of course. At 439g (size L) the weight of the Bergans of Norway Glittertind is appealing and so it could be useful for warmer weather trips when weight is a greater priority over water-resistant pocketing.

Weight 439g (L)

Fabric 3-layer Dermizax

Lining none

Men’s sizes S-XXL

Women’s sizes none

External pockets 4

Can hood be rolled down? no

Side/pit vents yes

Website www.bergans.no

Verdict

The Bergans of Norway Glittertind’s pocket and hood design are not as good as some other jackets at this price, but there are far worse jackets around too.

Review by Graham Thompson

Just missed out on being in Trail magazine November 2013

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