Berghaus Vinson (2013)

The Vinson is made from Berghaus’ own-label AQ2 fabric, which is a 2-layer material. It doesn’t claim to be as breathable or as waterproof as Gore-Tex, but it is a much more competitive price. The Vinson is a notch longer than some others here, but it’s still pretty short. The main zip gets an external stormflap to keep the rain out, but you have to open the zip to access the large internal chest pocket, while other jackets make this pocket accessible without having to open the main zip, which is clearly more useful in the rain. There are two main pockets and they can be accessed while wearing a rucksack, although the bottom of the pocket does drop beyond any rucksack belt. The hood is the main drawback of this jacket, though, which is a pity as Berghaus provides superb hoods on many of its jackets. The Vinson’s hood is quite small, has a soft and large peak, and doesn’t move very easily with the head – which means it isn’t ideal in really testing weather, though it is adequate in easier conditions and is still better than lots of other hoods.

Weight 539g (size L)
Fabric 2-layer AQ2
Lining mesh
Men’s sizes S-XXL
Women’s sizes none
External pockets 2
Wired hood no
Side/pit zips no
Website www.berghaus.co.uk

 

Verdict

The Berghaus Vinson is a good design for the price, although fabric performance isn’t the best and there are better hoods available if you’re heading into wild weather.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine Spring 2013