The latest hillwalking kit to covet
BERGHAUS RIDGEMASTER £195
These days you can get jackets for climbing jackets for scrambling, jackets for alpinism, jackets for mountaineering, jackets for trail running and jackets for mountain biking. But as most of what we do comes under the broad umbrella of hillwalking, it’s good to know there are still jackets specifically for that, too. Featuring 2-layer Gore-Tex fabric that’s cut a little longer than some of the more fashionable bum-dodging variety, and available in both men’s and women’s fit, the Ridgemaster from Berghaus still promises to keep you dry in everything from drizzle to monsoon. It’s breathable, too, so you don’t need to worry about the clamminess that can all too often make you wetter from the inside than the precipitation does from the outside. The hood is fully adjustable to maximise protection while maintaining visibility (an important factor when out mastering ridges), and even your map can be kept dry thanks to the map-sized inner pocket. It’s not the most fully-featured or lightest available, but as a result it’s also far from the most expensive, making it a great choice for walkers who know what they need and, of equal importance, what they don’t.
WE SAY Dry, comfortable and sensibly priced – all the jacket a proper hillwalker could need.
If you’re after flexibility to move yet still be protected from the worst hill weather can throw at you, without sweating your bits off, the Ridgemaster steps up to the mark.