Berghaus Civetta (2013)

The Berghaus Civetta uses the latest version of Gore-Tex and this new Pro version is said to be more breathable than previous Gore-Tex fabrics, so it’s about as good as it gets. The jacket design is fairly plain but functional. You get an averagely short body with a main zip that is very chunky, allowing easier use because it’s less likely to get clogged up; but there is no external stormflap, so an internal one drains away leaks. The pockets are big enough for maps and they’re placed high on the chest for easy access above rucksack belts. There are pit zips too for extra ventilation. Sleeve movement is good, although not quite as good as the best here as I did get some hem movement when raising my arms. The hood has a great wired peak, and it fits and moves effortlessly with the head even without the jacket fully zipped up – and this is the best feature of the Berghaus Civetta. The weight of 461g (size L) is good but you are getting fewer pockets and the design is quite short. The overall style is somewhat less fitted than other jackets and somehow it feels as if you are getting less finesse, but at £280 it is nonetheless probably ideal for most hill and mountain walkers and scramblers.

Weight 461g (size men’s L)

Fabric 3-layer Gore-Tex Pro

Lining none

Men’s sizes S-XXL

Women’s sizes none

External pockets 2

Can hood be rolled down? yes

Side/pit vents yes



Not the most inspiring design, but the Berghaus Civetta’s basic feature set is well-designed to be practical on the hill. Relatively good value, and light, too.

Review by Graham Thompson

First published in Trail magazine November 2013