The Berghaus Boralis is a very functional jacket that also looks great. It weighs in at 374g (L), which is very light and makes this ideal for stashing in a pack or travelling fast. The fabric is Berghaus’s own Aquafoil Light, which is rated as being very waterproof and very breathable, while a mesh lining adds a little more comfort. The styling is short, which is ideal for running, biking and multisport use. The main zip gets a double external stormflap to keep the worst of the weather out, while mesh-lined pockets add ventilation. The pockets are large enough for maps and can be accessed while wearing rucksack belts. The hood rolls into the collar and when on the head it fits and moves well. You also get reflective piping. This jacket looks ideal for a variety of activities night or day whatever the weather. But the Berghaus Boralis’s hood peak is soft, as with many jackets, so it is not the best for stormy weather. As with most lower-priced options the fabric is not rated as waterproof or as breathable as higher priced options. Not a lot wrong here though.
Outer Aquafoil Light
Fabric waterproofness very waterproof
Fabric breathability very breathable
Sizes S-XXL (men’s); 8-18 (women’s)
Weight 374g (L)
Made in China
Stores in UK no info provided
If your budget is £80, it is hard to find anything better than the Berghaus Boralis for a mix for biking, running, climbing or travelling fast or light. It won ‘Best Value’ in this test.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2008