I must admit to being a big Berghaus fan since buying the comfiest pair of walking boots about ten years ago which have lasted me to this day! I now have numerous Berghaus products including my backpack which has travelled around the world with me and I have always found their products to be great quality and well worth the money.
When I got the opportunity to test the ladies Bowfell waterproof jacket I couldn't wait to try it out.
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Firstly it looks stylish and is in my favourite colours of pink and purple so it was already off to a good start but it was the technical spec that I really wanted to test. Fashion is one thing but the practicalities of staying dry and comfortable outdoors is what really matters to me, after all looking like a drowned rat even in a pretty pink jacket is never a good look!
To test it out I took it on a few wet and windy walks and as expected I was pleased with it's performance.
Features and Technical Info
This is how Berghaus describes the jacket -
From winter trail walking to a stroll down the high street the Women’s Bowfell GORE-TEX® Jacket will keep you protected whatever the weather and is styled for any setting.
The Bowfell is a fantastic trail jacket – the GORE-TEX® laminate creates an outer jacket that is guaranteed to keep you dry while Nylon ripstop offers a great strength to weight ratio. An adaptable style with both functionality and performance is offered through a number of features including the women’s active fit, the zip-off roll-away hood and three zipped pockets.
Fit - I'm 5'8" and found the length to be good with my bum mostly covered! I ordered my usual size and it fitted comfortably with a fleece underneath.
Waterproof - I tested it out in rain, sleet and hail and was totally dry. The jacket is made from GORE-TEX® fabric and all the seams are sealed with GORE-SEAM® which prevents leakage in wet weather.
Windproof - Features like adjustable Velcro on the cuffs, Velcro fastening wind flap over the front zip and a high neck meant I could seal myself tightly, keeping the wind out.
Hood - The toggles kept the hood nice and tight in the wind and the peak at the front kept the rain off my face. The hood can be rolled up and tucked into the collar or removed completely.
Pockets - The pockets are large and the outer surface of the zip is covered in a waterproof seal to keep things like your phone dry. There are two external pockets and an inside pocket which as you can see from the photo above you can easily fit an ordnance survey map. The only thing that I missed was an outside pocket on the sleeves for smaller items like keys which I have on other outdoor jackets and find really handy.
Weight - The jacket is lightweight and would be easy to fold up and pack in your rucksack.
Washing - The jacket can be washed at 30 degrees centigrade with a non biological washing powder, fabric conditioner is not recommended as it can effect the water repellent qualities of the outer fabric. As outdoor jackets are likely to get dirty it is ideal that you can stick it in the washing machine.
In my opinion this is an ideal everyday outdoor jacket. During warmer months it can be worn on it's own, after trying it out in winter temperatures I recommend you wear it with layers, ideally a fleece.
Having checked out numerous reviews around the internet I found I was not alone in giving this jacket a big thumbs up as it offers a lightweight, waterproof and windproof layer from a quality brand that hasn't disappointed me yet.
To view the complete range of womens waterproof jackets from Berghaus, visit their website at http://www.berghaus.com/womens-jackets/womens-waterproof-jackets
I was invited to review this product by Berghaus, however I only review products and businesses that I believe in and as always all views are honest and my own.
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