The Berghaus Hurricane/Kirkby (men’s/women’s) has a longer body than most jackets and while this may not be fashionable it is certainly a practical solution to keeping dry when hillwalking and backpacking. The benefit of this extra body length is that you can access the two base pockets while wearing a rucksack with a hipbelt, which is often not possible with shorter jackets. There is also a chest pocket that is ideal for maps, guidebooks or a GPS receiver. The front zip gets an external stormflap to keep driving rain out while the sleeves are well-designed so that they tend not to ride up when clambering over stiles or rocky scrambles. The hood rolls into the collar and when on the head it fits and moves okay but it is not as good as some higher-priced options. The Berghaus Hurricane/Kirkby is made from Gore-Tex Performance Shell, which lacks the breathability and weight advantage of higher-priced Gore-Tex fabrics but it is very durable and still offers great levels of performance. There is a mesh lining inside for added comfort. The drawback of this longer jacket is extra weight but I suspect for general walking this is something many hillgoers could tolerate.
Weight 670g (L)
Fabric Gore-Tex Performance Shell
Lining dry mesh and nylon
Men’s sizes S-XXL (Hurricane)
Women’s sizes 8-18 (Kirkby)
External pockets 3
Can hood be rolled down? yes
Side/pit vents no
The price and longer body length makes the Berghaus Hurricane/Kirkby ideal for general moor, hill and mountain walking and backpacking; but the extra weight is a drawback.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2012