Product Review / Walking Gear Test
Blencathra Waterproof Jacket
Berghaus says:"Also sold as part of Berghaus InterActive (IA) system with inner fleece jacket (Blencathra 3-in-1) SRP £140"
Features to Note:
- Fabric (outer shell) - Berghaus' proprietary AQ™2 fabric technology
- Fabric (lining) Dry Mesh & nylon Waterproof
- Roll away hood with wired visor and volume adjuster
My initial outing with the Blencathra was on a trip to the Roaches on a reasonably mild but very rainy Autumn day. Consequently I had removed the inner fleece and was wearing the jacket over my usual breathable base layer.
My initial impressions were good. The Blencathra is true to size and is a good length jacket for walking with a generous sleeve length too. The sleeve cuffs are elasticated but also have a velcro fastening.
There are two good sized hand warmer pockets that did stay dry and that are just about accessible with a backpack on. There is also a map sized pocket on the outside so you don't have to unzip the jacket to get a map - but this is not a 'dry' pocket.
The stow-away hood has quite a good peak but apart from that is basic - there is no face-guard which I think is an omission for winter walking.
There is good storm flap over main front zip - this zip is quite substantial and engages reasonable easily but does always seems to catch just before top.
My main issue with this jacket is the breathability of the fabric. I do tend to run-hot and I was wearing the Blencathra during persistent rain on a mild-ish autumn day. However, for a lot of the day I did feel uncomfortably clammy and the inside of the jacket did at times feel quite wet which I attribute to a build up of condensation and not a lack of waterproofness.
You'll need a jacket with a more breathable fabric for higher level winter walking or for other higher energy acitivities. However Berghaus' Blencathra may suit you as a good looking jacket for short, lower level walking or more general leisure wear.
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