Despite sounding like a painfully hip German architectural movement, Berghaus are the long-established masters of fine outdoor gear based in Sunderland on the North East coast of England. As a result they know a thing or two about how inhospitable the British weather can be, and more importantly, they know how to make a jacket that can face up to it.
The Berghaus Extrem 5000 Waterproof Jacket is that very item. When you’re outdoors in the winter, be that on a fully fledged hike in the Scottish mountains or just a simple lowland ramble, you will want to stay warm and dry. At risk of overstating it, the alternative is being cold and wet, and it doesn’t take much imagination to realise that’s the recipe for unhappiness.
"One of the best winter walking jackets we’ve seen, designed to survive anything these isles can throw at it, by a team who know this environment like the back of their own hand."
Utilising a three-layer Gore-Tex construction, the Extrem 5000 Jacket is completely waterproof, helped along the way by fully taped seams and a YKK Aquaguard zipper on the front of the jacket. Far from being a lesser known character from the DC universe, Aquaguard zippers are highly water resistant seals that help to keep your entire torso dry, even when the rain is horizontal.
These smart zips also appear on the chest pocket and the two hand pockets, the latter of which have been placed carefully by the folks at Berghaus to remain easily accessible even if you’ve got a backpack or climbing harness on.
It’s also worth noting that the outer shell is extremely robust and uses high denier fabrics in areas that tend to be at a greater risk of abrasion, and there’s careful thought to the design of the hood as well, which is three-way adjustable and large enough to wear over a helmet.
This jacket's versatility don’t stop there. It’s tailored to promote unrestricted movement, whether you’re on a stroll or scrambling in Snowdonia. Furthermore, Berghaus have designed the Extrem 5000 to be worn with gloves (they really do understand the British winter, don’t they) with glove-friendly adjustable cuffs, and large tabs on each zip.
In short, it’s one of the best winter walking jackets we’ve seen, designed to survive anything these isles can throw at it, by a team who know this environment like the back of their own hand.
Berghaus Extrem 5000 Jacket