Also just out of the box, new in for test from Berghaus, the Extrem Down Duvet.
This is something a little different for me, I rarely get to test the more “regular” stuff, but at 710g this fatboy of a mountain jacket isn’t going to upset me too much this winter.
Like the Ignite Hoody covered in the previous post, the Duvet is simple and neat. A fixed front-and back adjustable hood with a nice big peak (all of which I like), two handwarmer pockets and velcro cuffs.
There’s some neat touches though, above you’ll see the internal pockets. Both in stretch mesh, one with a lycra-bound top to stop your bottle freezing and a zipped entry one to thaw your Baked Alaska.
Below is the huge scooped tail. I know this is essentially a belay jacket, but the higher front/lower back are perfect for winter camp living. As I’ve said before all the specialist lightweight hand-knitted gear that comes from the US via the internet is all very well, but if you want the best and most functional lightweight kit, you want to move your body in it and you want to spend time high on the mountains all year rather than below them, alpine or adventure racing gear is where it’s at. The big brands can scoop up the best designers and materials, I’m increasingly annoyed with this inverse snobbery that equates company size and success to a poorer quality product. With the big companies there’s more room for dross and filler in a big range, but their top end really is just that. But, I digress…
The cut is a little looser to pull on over your other layers, the Pertex Microlight makes for a good outer too. I put on on and absent-mindedly put my arm under the running kitchen tap to see what happened. The water ran over the sleeve and when I moved my arm away the beads sat there and didn’t absorb before I shook them off. Damn, all this new Pertex is good.
The down is quoted as 700fill and the stitch-through tubes feel nice and fat. There’s some nice lines baffling around the arms and sides which’ll keep the down from shuffling up the tubes with a lot of body movement.
The reversed zips have chunky zip-pulls and the hem can be adjusted front-or-back individually, again with chunky cord-grips.
On a personal note, the light grey zips and cheery red outer make it look awfy retro, and whether that was intentional or not, well done people.
This’ll look nice with a grinning face in the hood, clear blue skies above it and pure white snow underfoot. Hold that thought and I’ll be back with it just as soon as I can.