The Berghaus Attrition combines Gore-Tex Pro Shell with stretch panels of the fabric in the black areas under the arms to improve freedom of movement when climbing without relying on excess material. The jacket also has an innovative venting chinguard, so you can breathe more easily when the front of the jacket and hood are fully battened down. There’s a panel of Primaloft insulation around the collar to protect this area too, which so often feels chilled in cold or damp weather. The hood itself is very impressive too; indeed, it’s one of the best helmet-compatible hoods I’ve ever used.
The rest of the jacket is relatively standard, with two main chest pockets plus a smaller one that is not even large enough for a standard Cicerone-style climbing guide. You get pit zips and a relatively short body, and it weighs a reasonable 580g (size L). Like so many jackets the main zip does not have an external stormflap, so it may leak easier than other jackets in this area.
This jacket has some great features, but others have advantages and a lower price. Also, there’s no women’s version.
Weight 580g (men’s L)
Fabric 3-layer Gore-Tex Pro Shell
Sizes men’s S-XXL
Women’s sizes none
External pockets 3
Wired hood yes
Side vents yes
The Berghaus Attrition’s hood is particular good, but other details may not suit everyone when the jacket is compared to others with lower price tags.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2011