Berghaus Velum (2012)

The Berghaus Velum is made from Gore-Tex Active Shell, an extremely light and breathable version of Gore-Tex that is specifically designed for fast, active use when condensation control and weight are the priorities. One of the drawbacks of the material is that it is not as durable as other Gore-Tex fabrics and so Berghaus has reinforced the shoulder area to improve long-term performance. The fabric is wonderfully soft and flexible to wear. I have been using one of these jackets since autumn 2011 as my main light hiking jacket and it still performs very well. It’s got a very short body, which is great for fast action; but the hood cannot be rolled down and secured, so when biking or running it is necessary to stuff it away as best you can. When walking though the hood is excellent, thanks to a good stiffened peak and superb movement with the head. The two main pockets are also ideal for walking and scrambling, but if biking and running they are less useful and just add to the weight. So as an all-round multi-activity jacket the Velum is not perfect – but it is perfect for fast and light hiking.

Weight 359g (men’s L)
Fabric Gore-Tex Active Shell
Lining none
Men’s sizes S-XXL
Women’s sizes 8-18
External pockets 2
Roll down hood no
Side/pit vents no
Website www.berghaus.com

 

Verdict
The Berghaus Velum is a superbly designed jacket for fast and light hiking and backpacking, but for biking and running other jackets have advantages.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine September 2012