A big thumbs up to Berghaus who have landed a second major outdoor industry award for the new lightweight Hyper 100 Jacket, the lightest three-layer waterproof in the world, which is due in the shops in March.
This time the sub-100g jacket which first won gold at the 2016 OutDoor Show has landed a coveted - aren't they all - golden gong at the current ISPO trade show with awards committee spokesman and Chinese National Climbing Team member Sun Bin commenting:
"It’s the world’s lightest 3-layer waterproof jacket. With clever pattern cutting and details, and being lightweight, comfortable and functional, it is a real innovation!"
Designed By MtnHaus
In common with a lot of Berghaus's excellent high-end kit - the extraordinary Ramche 2.0 down jacket for example - the Hyper 100 was developed by the crack MtnHaus design team with a focus on detail and functionality.
'The main advantages over the Hyper Smock and Jacket are that it's both considerably more breathable and has a much nicer feel when worn against the skin.'
The end result is a three-layer waterproof jacket that weighs, in medium, a genuine 97 grammes, around half the weight of comparable three-layer rivals and only 10 grammes more than the brand's own 'world's lightest waterproof' Hyper Smock 2.0.
It's made from a super feathery version of Berghaus's own-brand 3L Hydroshell® Elite Pro, which means it's not only incredibly light, it's also the most breathable waterproof the company has ever made.
The main advantages over the Hyper Smock and Jacket are that it's both considerably more breathable and has a much nicer feel when worn against the skin.
For some initial user impressions, scroll on down
Berghaus Hyper 100 - First User Impressions
We've had a pre-production Hyper 100 to play with for the last six months of so and while we're not going to unleash a full review on you at this point, here's some of the stuff we've learned about it:
- It is, as advertised, very, very light. Our medium test sample tips the OM digital scales at exactly 97 grammes, which is only 10 grammes more than the world's lightest waterproof.
- The design is super minimalist with just one credit card-sized pocket and no adjustability for cuffs, hem or hood, though they all work just fine in our experience. Still has a storm-flap though.
- Build quality is exquisite. A friend who is an outdoors clothing designer went into proper oohing and aahing mode at the precision seaming and cunning pattern-cutting. It's properly nice.
- The cut is super sleek and athletic in line with its intended use. If you're packing extra pies then you'll mostly likely be looking elsewhere.
- It packs tiny, but when you do need it, it works. So far it's been both waterproof and super breathable, so you can often wear it as substitute wind-shell.
- The price of all this is a steepish £260 - that's £2.68 per gramme of jacket based on our medium. So no, it's not cheap at all.