Berghaus Fastrack (2014)

The Fastrack jacket is designed for ‘high-octane trail sports’, according to Berghaus, although at 547g (size L) it’s quite heavy for moving fast. The fabric is Berghaus’s own AQ2, a material with good waterproof and breathability lab results, although higher-priced jackets do offer better performance in this respect. There’s a mesh lining and pit zips to help manage condensation. The style is typically short and relatively close compared to some designs, with well-designed sleeves that don’t ride up easily. The front zip isn’t the most water-resistant design but it does have a double internal flap system to deal with leaks. The pockets are large enough for maps but they extend to the hem, so getting into them when wearing a rucksack with a wide hipbelt isn’t easy. These pockets aren’t mesh-lined, however, so they tend to keep water out. The hood is okay, but not as good as many Berghaus hoods, as it doesn’t move quite as well with the head as others and the peak isn’t wired either. Overall the Berghaus Fastrack is an odd one, given that there are lighter jackets, better-designed jackets and longer jackets out there. It’s so much of an all-rounder than I’m not sure who this is best for, although it is good for the price.

Weight 547g (size L)
Fabric AQ2
Lining mesh
Men’s sizes S-XXL
Women’s sizes 8-18
External pockets 2
Side/pit zips? yes
Can hood be rolled down? yes
Website www.berghaus.com

 

Verdict

Some good features, but none makes the Berghaus Fastrack a must-buy jacket; however it offers a good overall performance.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine Spring 2014