Berghaus Altitude

This waterproof jacket has had great reviews since its launch in 2006. The Altitude is well-featured, and it looks and feels like an adult’s jacket. So you get a good, robust fabric with a mesh lining for added comfort. The zips are all protected by stormflaps to keep the rain out. The hood rolls into the collar and when opened out it benefits from Velcro adjustment around the face and for volume at the back. There’s also some stiffness in the peak to maintain clear vision. There’s a zipped chest pocket too, as well as the customary hip pockets. Hem drawcords and Velcro adjustment at the cuffs keeps the draughts out and improves fit. Reflective piping makes this good for evening use as well. A great all-round feature list for the hill-walking youngster. There’s not a lot wrong here, although it is heavier and higher in price than some less well-featured jackets. The fabric is not as highly rated for waterproofness or breathability as some others, so others may maintain water resistance longer and control condensation better.

 

Outer: Aquafoil
Inner: polyester mesh
Fabric waterproofness: waterproof
Fabric breathability: breathable
Sizes: 7/8 to 13 (children’s)
Weight: 482g (9-10 years)
Made in Thailand
Stores in UK: no info provided

Verdict: Superb features for the hill-walking child, but others have better fabrics.