Berghaus Dru 2010

Designed as a lightweight Alpine jacket, there are stretch panels of Gore-Tex Paclite used down the sides of the Berghaus Dru as well as down the sleeves to allow a closer fit without restricting movement. Standard Paclite is used elsewhere. The result is a very lightweight jacket but there are also lots of features here to make the Dru practical on the hill. So you get two very large chest pockets, which can be easily accessed while wearing a rucksack belt or harness. There are pit zips too to aid condensation control. But perhaps most impressive of all is the Raptor Hood, which is helmet-compatible and can be cinched down to fit closely to the head and move easily with the head. If you want a lightweight jacket with a great hood and pockets then this is it. But other jackets are lighter and lower in price so the Berghaus Dru is not an automatic choice if those two factors are of primary concern. Also while Paclite is light and packable it does not handle condensation as well as other fabric, and for me it is this fabric that is the main drawback with this jacket.

Outer Gore-Tex Paclite and Stretch Paclite
Inner none
Fabric waterproofness extremely waterproof
Fabric breathability extremely breathable
Sizes S-XXL (men’s); 8-18 (women’s)
Weight 399g (large)
Made in China
Stores in the UK no info provided

The Berghaus Dru has great features for the hill, but Gore Paclite does not handle condensation as well as others and at this price that is a problem.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2010