Tidy seems to be the watchword with the Berghaus Velum. The four hood adjusters are discreetly placed below the neck and drape downwards out of sight, while the releases are cunningly hidden within the hood and are relatively straightforward to operate. The hem adjuster is likewise tucked away on the inside of the jacket. There are no pit zips, which adds to the jacket’s extremely trim and uncomplicated appeal. There are just two external pockets, which are well-placed to avoid hipbelt obstruction, and they provide an average amount of storage that will just take a folded OS map, though they are not the largest pockets on test. The rigid and averagely sized hood peak is very good, though it falls short of being the most comfortable on test, while the Velcro wrist adjusters are good but not outstanding. In action, it deals very well with heat and moisture from within, the light and simple design keeping you cool and preventing the build-up of moisture very well. The Berghaus Velum is also a relatively quiet jacket to wear, which is a more important factor than you might think. In water tests it beaded perfectly well and kept rain out excellently with no immediately obvious weak spots.
Weight 360g (size M)
Fabric 3-layer Gore-Tex Active Shell
Men’s sizes S-XXL
Women’s sizes 8-18
The Berghaus Velum is an intelligently designed jacket that offers function without clutter, though those looking for extra storage and venting may need to look elsewhere.
Review by Dan Aspel
First published in Trail magazine June 2012