Berghaus Paclite 2010

The Berghaus Paclite multi-activity jacket has been popular for many years. The material is Gore-Tex Paclite, which has the benefit of being very packable and lightweight as the name suggests. The jacket has a good set of essential features. Firstly the fit is comfortably close while the freedom of movement in the sleeves is superb. The tail is extended for extra protection when bent over handlebars, while the front zip gets a double stormflap and the zip pockets get a single stormflap, which all helps keep the wearer dry. There are two very deep chest pockets that can all be accessed while wearing a rucksack and they easily take maps too. The pockets are also mesh-lined for added ventilation opportunities. The hood is a rolldown design that offers reasonable performance.  But Paclite doesn’t control condensation anywhere near as well as Gore-Tex Pro Shell, and these days there are new fabrics that offer better options at this price. A stiffer peak and slightly better hood movement would be better, as seen in alternative Berghaus jackets as well as other jackets around this price.

Outer Gore-Tex Paclite
Inner none
Fabric waterproofness extremely waterproof
Fabric breathability extremely breathable
Sizes S-XXL (men’s); 8-18 (women’s)
Weight 354g (L)
Made in China
Stores in the UK no info provided

The Berghaus Paclite only just scraped into the finalists in our multi-activity jackets test as Gore-Tex Paclite coupled with an average hood mean this could be better.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2010