Rab Bergen/Vidda (2012)

A jacket well-proven over many years, the Rab Bergen/Vidda has received a facelift this winter with a more durable version of eVent fabric being used in the high-wear areas of the arms, shoulders and hood. eVent itself is a well-known for providing high levels of waterproofness and breathability. The basic design of the Bergen is slightly longer than many modern jackets, which only adds to its appeal for hill and mountain walking. The front zip gets an external stormflap, making it more water-resistant than many when heading to the summit in a downpour. The two chest pockets are large enough for maps and guidebooks or spare hats and gloves, and as these are not mesh-lined you don’t get wet through them. The sleeve movement is particularly impressive for this price range and it allows you to clamber over stiles or rock steps without the cuffs or hem riding up. Finally the Rab Bergen/Vidda boasts a superb hood that benefits from a wired peak, plus a great fit and movement. You can also roll it down to the collar when not in use. The only drawback is that there are lighter jackets and lower-priced jackets.

Weight 580g (L)
Fabric 3-layer eVent
Lining none
Men’s sizes S-XXL (Bergen)
Women’s sizes 8-16 (Vidda)
External pockets 2
Can hood be rolled down? Yes
Side/pit vents no
Website www.rab.uk.com

 

Verdict

The Rab Bergen/Vidda is an ideal jacket for general moor, hill and mountain walking but you may prefer others if weight and price are major considerations for you. It won Trail’s ‘Best in Test’ accolade.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2012