A well-proven performer and frequent Trail favourite, the Rab Bergen/Vidda general-purpose jacket is made from eVent fabric, which offers extremely high levels of waterproofness and breathability. The jacket is shorter than some, which may be preferred by scramblers for example. The front zip gets an external stormflap and the pockets are sealed on the inside to prevent leaks. The pockets can also be easily accessed while wearing a rucksack, and they are big enough to stash maps, hats and gloves on the move. The hood is also excellent and compared well with the best here thanks to its wired peak, its volume adjustment and its ability to be rolled down and secured at the collar. Freedom of movement in the sleeves is as good as the best, and the fabric feels a little more durable than some lighter jackets. For the price it is very good value too. So the only reason not to buy this would come down to personal preferences. There isn’t anything majorly wrong with the Rab Bergen/Vidda but some features may not be to everyone’s liking. On my head the hood is not quite as good as some of the best jackets on test. As with many jackets there are lighter options, and more pockets are available elsewhere too. If you prefer a mesh lining for added comfort then this is not for you. Longer jackets are also available.
Outer 3-layer eVent
Fabric waterproofness extremely waterproof
Fabric breathability extremely breathable
Sizes S-XXL (men’s Bergen); 8-16 (women’s Vidda)
Made in China
Stores in the UK 35
Verdict: The Rab Bergen/Vidda is a superb jacket for hill-walking and backpacking if you like the shorter design.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2009