The Paldor Peak a new lightweight jacket from Berghaus that features Paclite fabric, which in the lab offers extremely high levels of waterproofness and breathability. The jacket weighs in at 394g (men’s L), which is light enough to easily stash in your pack without weighing you down. The jacket has a full-length front zip and this benefits from an external double stormflap, which means it should keep the rain out more effectively than zips without this feature. There are three chest-mounted pockets and these all remain accessible while wearing rucksacks with a hipbelt. The two main pockets are mesh-lined, which reduces weight and allows more airflow. The hood is particularly interesting as it can be rolled to the collar and secured, it has a stiffened peak, and it fits and moves with the head really well. All that for £180 is good value by current standards. But as the Berghaus Paldor Peak’s main pockets are mesh they will allow the wearer to get wet if water gets into the pockets. Also, the zips on the main pocket are slightly shorter than they could be, which is irritating. The main problem though is that other fabrics control condensation better than Gore-Tex Paclite.
Outer Gore-Tex Paclite
Fabric waterproofness extremely waterproof
Fabric breathability extremely breathable
Sizes XS-XXL (men’s); 8-18 (women’s)
Weight 394g (size L)
Made in China
Stores in the UK no info provided
Verdict: The Berghaus Paldor Peak is a great lightweight jacket, as long as you don’t need the best condensation controlling fabric.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2009