Berghaus Monsoon 2010

The Berghaus Monsoon now uses AQ2, which is an updated version of the Aquafoil fabric that this jacket was made from in the past. There is a mesh lining inside for extra comfort. The front zip gets a double stormflap that is held in place with Velcro, so this should keep water out pretty easily. There are two zipped hip pockets, which are also well-protected by stormflaps. A drawcord at the hem and elasticated cuffs help to keep draughts out, while to protect the head there is a fixed hood, which has an elasticated area around the face to help with the fit. On the front of the jacket there is some reflective piping so that the wearer is easily seen by oncoming traffic. But there is no reflective piping on the rear of the Berghaus Monsoon, which is not ideal. Also  the hood cannot be rolled down, which could be very annoying. The hood does not get any adjustment either, or a stiffened peak, so a hat may be required to create a better fit. The pockets are quite small compared to some others, but this is a minor point.

Outer AQ2
Inner mesh
Fabric waterproofness very waterproof
Fabric breathability very breathable
Sizes 5/6 to 13+
Weight 320g (7/8 years)
Made in Thailand
Stores in the UK no info provided

The hood and lack of reflective piping on the back of the Berghaus Monsoon let this otherwise good kids’ jacket down.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2010