Berghaus Storm­cloud £100

Trail (UK) - - GEAR - TESTER Gra­ham Thomp­son

■ 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

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