Berghaus Hurricane/Kirkby (2103)

The Berghaus Hurricane/Kirkby stands out as it is much longer in the body than most, making it a rare commodity and a very practical option for tramping across moors, hills and mountains in wet and windy weather. As the body is so long, you can also access the base pockets relatively easily while wearing a rucksack with a hipbelt, which is often not possible on shorter jackets. The jacket is made of standard 2-layer Gore-Tex fabric with a loose mesh lining, rather than the more breathable versions such as Gore Pro, but it is still more than capable of keeping you dry as condensation control is good enough for most hillwalkers. It feels more comfortable than 3-layer fabrics too, thanks to that loose mesh lining inside. In addition to the base pockets there is a large chest pocket that is ideal for maps or a GPS receiver. The front zip also gets an external stormflap to prevent wind and rain from entering via the zip when battling through the worst of weather. Also, when climbing over stiles, the hem or cuffs do not easily ride up – a plus point and not always the case on lower-priced equivalent jackets. The hood is the weak link though as the fit is not quite as precise as others here; it has flappy wraparound chinguards and there is no wire in the peak. The Berghaus Hurricane/Kirkby jacket a little heavier than shorter designs too.

Weight 692g (size L)

Fabric 2-layer Gore-Tex

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

Website www.berghaus.com

Verdict

The price and longer body length make the Berghaus Hurricane/Kirkby ideal for general moor, mountain and hill walking. The weight and hood design are drawbacks.

Review by Graham Thompson

First published in Trail magazine November 2013

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