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Impossible Is An Invitation: 30th Anniversary Berghaus Extrem Range Tested In Epic Mountain Locations

From Greenland's Mirror Wall to Gave Ding in the Himalayas, the Ramche 2.0 and the 8000 Pro really got put through their paces.

This is not the first time we’ve told you this but when you’re halfway up a mountain, and a foul storm’s a-brewing, you want to know that the gear you’re wearing is dependable. You want it to do the job, and you want it to do the job well. You definitely don’t want your clothes to rip down their seams at the first sign of trouble, and be forced to curl up shivering in the foetal position while you await to be rescued. That’s not what you want.

What you probably want to wear when mountaineering is, let’s face it, something that’s got a Berghaus label attached to it. After all, Berghaus are solid and reliable. The outdoor and adventure clothing, and equipment, manufacturer are like your mate down at the pub who responsibly drinks lime and sodas all night so that they’re in a fit enough shape to drive you all back home safely. That’s not to say they’re boring, far from it, it’s just that you know they’ll be there for you when you need them the most.

For the designing and engineering of their new Extrem™ range, Berghaus got their elite mountain athletes involved to a level that’s arguably unprecedented in the world of outdoor and adventure. Leo Houlding, Mick Fowler, and Angelika Rainer all played vital roles in the development of the range. This willingness to collaborate with people who clearly know what they’re talking about, and the authentic foundations this provides for the product, means the resulting jackets have been made for you with an expert approach at its core.

Houlding put the new kit through its paces during his successful climb of the intimidating Mirror Wall in Greenland, while Fowler did likewise during his first ascent of the extremely remote Gave Ding in the Himalayas. Working in close proximity to Berghaus’ Extrem™ and MtnHaus™, the athletes advised and tested not only final samples of the new products but also were heavily involved in the conceptual development and prototype testing stages.

The Extrem™ 8000 Pro, from Berghaus, might just be the most advanced mountaineering shell jacket currently available. Why is this exactly? Well, it’s probably primarily because of the Berghaus Xpanse™ back, hood and faceguard. These features have been designed with the mountaineer very much in mind, offering wearers an unrivalled level of adjustability. If this jacket had a middle name, which it doesn’t – more’s the pity, it would be ‘Freedom’.

Developed in partnership with WL Gore, the jacket combines the toughness of soap opera hard-man Phil Mitchell with some first-rate water shedding capabilities. It’s a lightweight and breathable product, and is packed with loads of nifty features that any adventurer worth their salt will love. With attention to detail like this, the Extrem™ 8000 goes right to the top of its respective class.

The Ramche 2.0, like many of the great movie sequels, has taken what its predecessor did and done it better. Lighter, warmer, and with improved durability; the use of Nikwax’s PFC-free hydrophobic down provides water repellency during use for an astonishing 16 hours.

Pictured: Extrem 8000 (left) and Ramche 2.0 (right).

The three zone body-mapping, which isn’t nearly as frightening as it sounds, ensures the insulation is distributed in the best possible way. This jacket’s carefully considered design also eliminates cold spots, which you’ll be more than grateful for when the temperature starts to drop. The New Reflect™ aluminium mesh, that’s sewn into the jacket’s core, reflects heat back into the Ramche 2.0 without inhibiting breathability. The Ramche 2.0 is also wrapped in a super lightweight 100% polyamide material that’s water resistant, windproof, and twice as strong as the one that came before it.

During his ascent of Gave Ding – Mick Fowler, who used the Ramche 2.0, had this to say: “The Ramche 2.0 was absolutely brilliant in temperatures that dipped to around minus 30 degrees Celsius. It was also really tough compared to the previous version. At one point I got it caught in my abseil device and had to descend a fair way with the fabric caught – but there was only superficial damage!”

For those who fancy seeing this next-level kit in action on the big screen, the UK premiere of Leo Houlding’s Mirror Wall film will be on at this year’s Kendal Mountain Fest (6pm – Friday the 18th of November). The 30th anniversary Extrem™ range is available to purchase through the Berghaus website, and specialist outdoor retailers.

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