Berghaus Ramche 2.0 (2017)


You get 850+ fill power 90/10 Nikwax Hydrodown, which retains performance when damp better than standard down. Aluminium mesh reflects heat, and you get thin 7 denier face fabric to reduce weight. The hood is helmet-compatible, with face drawcords and a small wired peak. The cuffs have Velcro tab adjustment and there are two main zipped pockets. All that for 464g is outstanding. 5/5


Sizes are men’s XS-XL with no women’s fit (though the £190 Extrem Microdown women’s jacket uses the same down and comes in sizes 8-16). The hood of the Ramche has drawcords that work well to control its size and volume, and it fits closely and moves with the head. The cuffs can be adjusted and fit well without the sleeves riding up. The body is close-fitting. 4/5


This is warm without being bulky or heavy, so it feels very comfy. The hood fits comfortably, although the drawcords that extend back around the head are perhaps not as comfy as separate face and rear volume adjustment. The cuffs’ Velcro tabs and the hem drawcords lock out draughts. A wide patch of soft fabric at the chin would be a luxurious addition. 4/5

In use

The warmth is ideal for sitting around a campsite or throwing on at a summit. The Ramche 2.0 is light and compact enough to stow in a pack ready for use. The use of internal baffles means there are no cold spots, and if it does get a little damp it will maintain decent performance due to that hydrophobic down. This is hard to fault when taken on the hill. 5/5


The Ramche 2.0 is excellent but the price is eye-watering, so it comes down to whether you have the cash for its level of performance. 3/5


It is hard to find a better jacket for staying warm on the hill if low weight and bulk
are needed, but the price may leave you cold. It won Trail’s ‘Approved’ award. 4.2/5

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine February2017