Berghaus Deluge (2015)

Features

The Berghaus Deluge has been a superb value-for-money product for several years and it benefits from a good selection of functional features. So you get the all-important thigh-length side zips, so you can easily get these on over your boots. Those zips also get an external stormflap to keep rain out. An elasticated waist with drawcord is also provided, but not much else. 4/5

Fit

Berghaus Deluge overtrousers comes in three leg lengths with men’s sizes from XS to XXXL and women’s sizes from 8 to 20. There is an elasticated waist with a drawcord but no other adjustment so fit is baggier than higher-priced, more tailored trousers but not so baggy as to be annoying. The ankle cuff is wide enough to sit over the top of your boots. 4/5

Comfort

Berghaus Deluge overtrousers are a reasonable weight so they feel quite unrestrictive on, particularly as they are quite loose. The fabric is AQ2 from Berghaus and has a mesh lining, which is irritating when putting the trousers on, but comfortable. Breathability is not as good as higher-priced options but that mesh lining helps maintain comfort. 4/5

In use

At 384g (size L) you can carry Berghaus Deluge overtrousers in your rucksack and not feel weighed down. They are easy to get on and off thanks to that long zip, and they are comfortable. The fabric is not the best available, the cut is a bit baggy and there are no finer details as found on the higher-priced option, but for general walking on a budget they are excellent. 4/5

Value

The price is superb as Berghaus Deluge overtrousers are actually better than many in the £50 to £100 price bracket, except in terms of weight. 5/5

Verdict

Berghaus Deluge overtrousers are not the absolute best, but they are the best general-purpose trousers under £100, making them ideal for most hillwalkers. They win Trail’s ‘approved’ accolade. 4.2/5

Review by Graham Thompson

First published in Trail magazine April 2015

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