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Berghaus Hyper 140 Waterproof Jacket | Review

An extremely lightweight women's-specific jacket with three-layer waterproof protection

Why We Chose It: Lightweight, packable and breathable

When it comes to lightweight waterproof jackets, the Berghaus Hyper range is hard to beat. We’ve always been impressed with this lightweight number since its inception a few years ago. Now, for 2021, Berghaus has released a brand new version in a women’s-specific fit, incorporating their high spec Hydroshell elite 3-layer fabric that was developed by their team of in-house experts.

OM tester Raji using the Berghaus Hyper 140 in Snowdonia. Photo: Chris Johnson

Who Is The Berghaus Hyper 140 Waterproof Jacket For?

Thanks to the low weight, high breathability and packability of this jacket, we can see the Hyper 140 being suitable for a wide range of activities. First of all, it’s best use is as a standalone running jacket, where the 164g will barely hold you back. When it comes to stuffing it into your trail running vest, it’ll be easy to forget it’s there. 

We wouldn’t recommend this as your only 365-days-a-year standalone waterproof jacket as you’re going to want something a bit burlier for those really rough winter day hikes. That being said, we’d be happy to turn to it for all but the very, very wettest and windiest of three-season hiking conditions. We could see this making an ideal jacket to stuff at the bottom of your hiking pack, for days when you don’t think you’re going to need a dedicated waterproof jacket but reckon you should have one just in case. 


Featuring Berghaus’ impressively lightweight three-layer Hydroshell Elite fabric, the jacket comes in at a weight of 164g and packs down to about the size of an apple. It’s impressive stuff. OK you see this a lot with 2.5L jackets but you don’t see many 3L ones with that packability. 

While the 10,000mm waterproof rating of Hydroshell is decent enough but not particularly staggering, it more than makes up for that in the breathability department with a stated hydrostatic head of 50,000g/m2. That’s pretty phenomenal – up there with many of the premium membrane technologies.

“When it comes to lightweight waterproof jackets, the Berghaus Hyper range is hard to beat.”

The super thin 6-denier face fabric has been treated with a PFC-free durable water repellent (DWR) coating. This upholds the waterproofing of your jacket, without the use of any nasty chemicals that are frequently found within other DWR treatments.

Photo: Chris Johnson
Photo: Chris Johnson
Photo: Chris Johnson


Unsurprisingly, given the Berghaus Hyper 140’s light weight, there’s a very minimal feature set here. You get elasticated cuffs, a low profile hood and two hip height pockets There’s also a small little stuff sack to stow this away in. The hem, hood and cuffs don’t have any adjustment, but you’ll still get decent weather protection thanks to that elastication and clever articulated panels that move with you.

Tester’s Verdict

Sarah Baynham, South Wales-based outdoor photographer

“The first thing that impressed me with this jacket was how small it is when packed away in its tiny stuff sack! The stuff sack also has a little handle on the back making it easy to clip it onto, say, your backpack or climbing harness.”

Photo: Chris Johnson

“I’ve worn the jacket on a few warmer hikes and have found it to be impressively breathable, enough to prevent me from feeling the need to take it off when the hike gets more steep or strenuous. I’ve worn it through a number of rain showers as well and its protection has held up well.

“I’m normally a size 12 with jackets and that’s the size I’ve been testing. I found it fitted me well – I could even wear it over a down jacket without feeling hemmed in. The pockets were roomy and situated in a place where they could still be accessed when wearing a rucksack with waists straps. The zips felt robust and didn’t get caught on the jacket at all.”

Photo: Chris Johnson

Berghaus Hyper 140

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