Berghaus Cornice/Glissade 2009

The Berghaus Cornice/Glissade is a classic waterproof jacket that is well-proven to be ideal for those who want a good, all-round waterproof for walking. The price remains at £160 this year, while most jackets have increased by at least a tenner. It’s made from Gore-Tex Performance Shell fabric. Inside there is a mesh lining and also a wide brushed polyester lining in the collar, which all adds to the comfort. This is a longer jacket than most, so it’s ideal for walking in the rain. The extra length also means that the base pockets can be accessed even while wearing a rucksack with hipbelt. There is a dedicated map pocket behind the stormflap of the main zip. The sleeves allow good arm movement without the cuffs or hem riding up. Finally there is a reasonable hood that rolls into the collar, and this benefits from a large stiffened peak to help protect the face from driving rain. But the movement of the Berghaus Cornice/Glissade’s hood is not quite as good as it could be. Also the wraparound chinguards can be irritating if not secured in place. Gore-Tex Pro Shell fabric provide higher levels of breathability. If weight is important then you may prefer a lighter jacket.

 

Outer 2-layer Gore-Tex Performance Shell
Inner polyester mesh
Fabric waterproofness extremely waterproof
Fabric breathability very breathable
Sizes S-XXL (men’s); 8-20 (women’s)
Weight 730g (men’s L)
Made in China
Stores in the UK no info provided

Verdict: The Berghaus Cornice/Glissade is a good, well-proven waterproof that is ideal for general walking. It won the ‘Best Value’ accolade in our review.

 

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2009