Bergans of Norway SuperLett (2103)

The Bergans of Norway SuperLett is very light at 432g (size L). It is made from a 3-layer laminate with a Dermizax membrane to keep rain out while allowing sweaty water vapour to escape and prevent the build-up of condensation. The fabric is not as breathable as higher-priced garments, but for most hillwalking activities it is a good-value option as it still controls condensation pretty well. You also get pit zips to further aid management of warm air inside the jacket and the pockets are mesh-lined for better airflow. Put the jacket on and it is slightly longer than some, although by no means is it the longest in our test. The two hip pockets are large but they don’t have great access while wearing a rucksack with a hipbelt. Annoyingly there is no additional chest pocket. Those two pockets are also mesh-lined, so if any water gets in it will go straight through the jacket, making this better for summer than really wet winter weather. The sleeves and hem also tend to ride up when you raise an arm, which is not great for scrambling or even clambering over a stile. The hood, though, is pretty good, as it fits closely and moves easily with the head. The wired peak is not the best in the world, but it is okay. At the price the Bergans of Norway SuperLett is reasonable, but for a little more money you get a much better product.

Weight 432g (size L)

Fabric 3-layer Dermizax

Lining none

Men’s sizes S-XXXL

Women’s sizes none

External pockets 2

Can hood be rolled down? no

Side/pit vents yes

Website www.bergans.no

Verdict

What lets the Bergans of Norway SuperLett down is the pockets; but at this price that may be a compromise worth considering as the weight is great and the hood works well.

Review by Graham Thompson

First published in Trail magazine November 2013

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