Berghaus Paclite 2009

The Berghaus Paclite multi-activity jacket has been popular for many years. The material is Gore Paclite, which has the benefit of being very packable and lightweight – as the name suggests. The jacket has a good set of essential features. Firstly the fit is comfortably close, while freedom of movement in the sleeves is superb. The tail is extended for extra protection when bent over handlebars, while the front zip gets a double stormflap and the zip pockets a single stormflap, which all helps keep the wearer dry. You get two very deep chest pockets that can be accessed while wearing a rucksack, and they easily take maps too. The pockets are mesh-lined for added ventilation opportunities. The hood is a good rolldown design. What’s even more impressive is that in 2008 it was £160, but now it is now £10 cheaper. Add in a weight of 364g and this is mega value.  But Paclite doesn’t control condensation anywhere near as well as Gore-Tex Pro Shell, so unless you need to save cash or want minimal packed size and weight, the Berghaus Paclite is not as good as similar Pro Shell options. A stiffer peak and slightly better hood movement would be better too.

 

Outer Gore-Tex Paclite
Inner none
Fabric waterproofness extremely waterproof
Fabric breathability extremely breathable
Sizes S-XXL (men’s); 8-18 (women’s)
Weight 364g (men’s L)
Made in China
Stores in the UK no info provided

Verdict: The Berghaus Paclite is a great design and price for multi-activity use, but fabric condensation control is better in Pro Shell equivalents.

 

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2009