Berghaus Mount Asgard Smock 2011

With outdoors clothing, it’s on-the-hill performance that really counts when you’re battling against the conditions to reach the summit of a mountain. But it may come as a surprise to hear that not all outdoor gear is actually designed with performance high on the agenda, as price and fashion can be what determines if a product is a hit or a miss with the buying public.
So it is great that Berghaus has introduced the MntHaus range, which focuses on innovation and is ‘designed to push the boundaries’. The MntHaus range currently comprises of just three products, which were developed by a bespoke team at Berghaus. Multiple prototypes were made and tested before the final designs went into production. The result is the Octans 40 adventure racing pack, the Extrem Yeti Pro gaiter and the Mount Asgard Smock, featured here, which was developed with climber Leo Houlding over a period of 18 months.
Weighing in at just 290g (size L), the Mount Asgard Smock is a tidy garment. It is made from Gore-Tex Pro Shell and is designed as an emergency shell for climbers. Despite the low weight it has a helmet-compatible hood that is said to automatically adapt to the wearer’s head.
I took the Berghaus Mount Asgard Smock out into the Lake District for some climbing, and first impressions were that it has the best freedom of movement in the sleeves that I have ever experienced. This movement is coupled with a close fit and a no-stretch fabric, which just proves the power of the MtnHaus design process.
There are two drawcords for the hood, and these provided a close fit that again allowed unprecedented levels of movement. I also liked the fact that you didn’t have to zip up the short front zip to encourage the hood to fit, so I could vent the jacket and have head protection at the same time.

Price £220
Fabric 3-layer Gore-Tex Pro Shell, with microgrid backer
Inner none
Sizes S-XXL
Weight 290g (size L)
Made in China
Stockist details – tel. (0191) 516 5700; www.berghaus.com

The Berghaus Mount Asgard Smock is a definite hit that’s comfortable, and has great freedom of movement in the arms and a well-designed hood. It will appeal to climbers and weight-conscious scramblers.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine March 2011