We used the Berghaus
Alpine Pro Jacket during the first months of this winter 2004/05 which
was characterised by little rainfall in the alpine area, and extended
periods of strong northerly winds and intense cold. We used the jacket
as a protective isolation layer against the snow and wind throughout
our demanding ski mountaineering itineraries, piste skiing and winter
hikes, in combination with various layers of fleece, wool and
What first caught the eye was that the Alpine Pro seemed an excellent, essential product. The cut is perhaps less modern and innovative than others, but definitely carefully designed and good fitting. The soft fabric is inviting and, after having eyed the jacket, we decided to put it through its paces and examine it close-up.
Cut and fit
As mentioned, the cut is fairly traditional and, stylistic appeal apart, we approved of this choice. The jacket fits well and even with thick fleece layers it didn't impair movement as is often the case with more fashionable jackets. The deep cut protects the back well, and this factor is especially important in deep snow and poor conditions.
The front zip is obviously protected by a double storm flap which, in turn, is closed by a series of short velcro strips. Two large front mesh pockets are placed externally on either side and, protected by water resistant zippers, these can act as extra ventilation if need be. Internally two lightweight elasticated mesh pockets complete the outfit: these hand pockets are zipped, large and extremely useful for valuables. The jacket boasts no other pockets or zips and we feel this to be a significant plus point, as it renders the Alpine Pro clean and lightweight. The ample hood is well-cut and its stiffened peak and volume adjuster enable it to be adjusted quickly and precisely for perfect vision, if need be with one hand only.
The jacket is made from Berghaus exclusive Paclite Cassis, a mix of Nylon Cordura with Gore-Tex paclite. The resulting fabric is soft, lightweight, durable and, with micro tape seams, offers maximum breathabilty. This came to good use especially during our ascents, where the Alpine Pro passed the tests with flying colours. The only zones where condensation formed were close to the seams, and this is indicative of the high quality of the jacket.
The Berghaus Alpine Pro Jacket is an excellent all-round product, well suited for alpine winter climbs and ski mountaineering and summer alpine climbing.