Rab Bergen/Vidda

This is a superb general-purpose waterproof jacket that manages to tick most of the boxes for the discerning hill-walker. The Bergen has won several awards in Trail reviews. It is made from eVent fabric which offers extremely high levels of waterproofness and breathability. Like all the best jackets you get outstanding pocketing so you can store maps easily on the move and maintain access to them even when wearing a rucksack. The hood is also excellent and compared well with the best. The hood can be rolled to the collar and secured too. Freedom of movement in the sleeves is as good as the best and the fabric feels a little more durable that lighter jackets.  So lots of great features here and definitely worth considering. But the hood is perhaps not quite as good as the best jackets, although there isn’t a lot in it. There are lighter jackets with more pockets, while some others have more comfortable linings. There are also longer jackets available.

 

Outer: 3-layer eVent
Inner: none
Fabric waterproofness: extremely waterproof
Fabric breathability: extremely breathable
Sizes: S-XXL (men’s Bergen); 10-16 (women’s Vidda)
Weight: 518g
Made in China
Stores in UK: 60

Verdict: A superb jacket for hill-walking and backpacking, but there are others that have advantages.