Rab Bergen/Vidda (2103)

The Rab Bergen/Vidda is a well-established jacket that is becoming a modern classic, thanks to its year-in, year-out ability to set the standards for good all-round hillwalking performance. The men’s Bergen and women’s Vidda are made from eVent fabric, proven to provide great condensation control thanks to its high level of breathability and inner scrim. The basic design is spot on for most users, being slightly longer than many skimpier models, and also slightly stiffer – and this gives a real feeling of robust protection that is ideal for tackling summits in wet and windy weather. To help keep you dry there is a stormflap over the main zip, and the pockets are not mesh-lined but sealed. The hood is exceptionally well-designed with a large wired peak, while good use of drawcords ensures the hood moves well with the head even when lightly adjusted. This hood can also be rolled into the collar for casual use. There are two huge main chest pockets, easily accessed while wearing a pack. The Rab Bergen/Vidda is faultless for most hillwalking folk.

Weight 593g (size 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 unless its weight (593g, size L) or its price tag are major considerations for you. It won Trail’s ‘Best in Test’ award.

Review by Graham Thompson

First published in Trail magazine November 2013

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