Berghaus Stormcloud £100
■ Materia● 2-layer Hydroshell ■ Me■’s XS-XXL
■ Wome■’s 8-18
■ Weight 324g (L)
The big advantages here are the price and weight, as both are very appealing. The fabric is a 2-layer Hydroshell, which kept the water at bay while scrambling up the gill but soon became very sweaty inside as there is no inner layer to hide or soak up the condensation. But importantly the pockets are not mesh lined, unlike some higherpriced lightweight jackets, so even if water entered the pockets I didn’t get wet inside. The hood fits quite close and did move a little with my head, but higher-priced designs offer better adjustment. When scrambling the cuffs and hem tended to ride up far too easily, which left my body more exposed to the elements than all the other jackets here. The two main pockets are both annoyingly small and too low to allow the optimum access while wearing a rucksack hipbelt.
PROS Price and weight are the main benefits here for hillwalkers
CONS Lots of condensation buildup, and not the best pockets nor the best hood design
BUY IT IF... you want a lightweight low-priced jacket for stowing in your rucksack and just wearing during short showers when any condensation will be tolerable