Berghaus Vinson 2012 (2012)

The Vinson is made from Berghaus’s AQ2 fabric, which is very soft and flexible. A mesh lining further adds to the comfort provided by this jacket. The fabric doesn’t boast the performance ratings of Gore-Tex Performance Shell for example, as featured in other Berghaus jackets, but it is a good low-priced option. There is slightly more length in this jacket than some others, which will be a benefit for scrambling as it won’t ride up so badly to expose underlayers, but it is still pretty short. The main zip gets double external stormflaps to keep rain out while the pockets have a nylon lining rather than mesh, so they won’t leak as easily as some options. The pockets can be easily accessed while wearing a rucksack hipbelt, but they do extend below it, which can be irritating if you place something small in them. The hood is smaller than some others, and although I could adjust it with the volume and face drawcords to fit quite snugly, it did not move as well with the head as some
others. This is the main drawback of the jacket.

Weight 570g (XL)

Fabric 2 layer AQ2

Lining mesh and nylon

Men’s sizes S-XXL

Women’s sizes none

External pockets 2

Wired hood no

Side/pit vents no





The Berghaus Vinson offers good performance for its price range with generally good features; but the hood is not the best available, and when hillwalking in rain it is the feature that lets this jacket down.

Review by Graham Thompson

First published in Trail magazine Spring 2012