Why We Chose The Berghaus Paclite Peak: Lightweight, functional and extremely waterproof
It wouldn’t feel right to talk about a Berghaus product in this year’s Outdoor 100 without first paying tribute to legendary co-founder Gordon Davison. Davison helped to grow the brand into what it is today, and sadly passed away earlier this year at the age of 85. The excellent Berghaus Paclite Peak waterproof sums up a lot of what the man who started the brand was all about and is, we think, a more than worthy inclusion in our annual round-up of the best outdoor gear.
Who Is The Berghaus Paclite Peak For?
This jacket is perfect for hikers and walkers who live for getting into the hills even when it’s raining cats, dogs, hamsters, goldfish and the rest. A highly packable number, the Paclite Peak will keep every drop of rain out when the heavens open and scrunch up easily into your backpack when the sun comes out again. If you’re planning a big multi-day hike and, logically, want to pack light, this product does precisely what it says on the tin. Pack light = Paclite.
Like any waterproof, the Berghaus Paclite Peak is only really as good as the waterproof fabric used. A waterproof jacket can look as stylish as you want but if it doesn’t get the fundamentals right, then what’s the point right? Fortunately, the fabric used here is excellent when it comes to serving its primary purpose.
“Gore-Tex Paclite fabric technology offers lightweight, fully waterproof, protection from the elements”
Gore-Tex Paclite fabric technology offers lightweight, fully waterproof, protection from the elements. What’s most notable about it is that unlike most other protection focussed jackets out there, it uses just a two-layer fabric system as opposed to three. Most jackets will have an internal ‘backer’ fabric or laminate that protects the membrane from dirt or body oils and adds a bit of next-to-skin comfort, but this has been done away with.
So is there any compromise with Paclite then? Fortunately, there doesn’t really seem to be anything too obvious.
Paclite’s membrane itself has a soft feel that’s actually comfortable enough against the skin anyway, and from what we’ve seen from it, the breathability doesn’t seem to get choked over time (at least not from the inside anyway). So a backer isn’t really missed in those regards. There may be some question marks over long term durability, especially when you’re regularly wearing a heavily-loaded backpack on top of it, but so far the tech seems to hold up.
The fabrics used here are bluesign approved, so the jacket is planet friendly. It’s also good to know that all fabric on the jacket uses environmentally friendly PFC-free DWR (Durable Water Repellent) technology.