This has been a talking point already, are they lying about the weight, what corners have they cut, is it really a Berghaus logo on there. Let’s see, in for test the Berghaus Asgard Smock from the top-end tech MtnHaus range.
The inspiration and design input for the smock are well covered already, but all that means nothing when you pull it on in the shop to see what the score is, it has to stand on it’s on two velcro adjustable cuffs.
Talking of which, it’s a lightweight smock with adjustable cuffs, no wrestling to tuck your gloves or mitts in here. The finish is nice too, slightly assymetric, the tabs don’t have velcro all the way to the end you you can actually grip them.
Neatness is the way elsewhere, the hem adjustment is tucked up with a little elastic loop, although you can let it hang for easy adjustment if you want. It only cinches in the back, to keep the front clean (it’s climbing derived remember), I’ve got no problem with that.
Moving up we have a very light and soft Gore-Tex ProShell, and what few seams there are are micro-taped. The elbows are articulated and there are under-arm gussets, this means when you lift an arm, both your arms even, the hem doesn’t budge and the cuffs don’t slide up your wrists. That’s great, but just by tweaking the form it’s been achieved with low bulk, no huge area of loose fabric to make up for sloppy design as is often the case.
Below is the only detail on the front, the zips. The main zip and the pocket zip are welded together, with a huge stiffened flap behind them. The premise being that any water gets inside it’ll run down and get captured in a little pocket at the bottom where it’ll then drip out of the holes you can see in the photies below, rather than soak into your other layers. The pocket is stretch mesh, so it would catch some of the moisture, but to be honest I’ve not had a lot of problems with these zips over the years, but I’ll be watching it anyway. The pocket is a decent size for wee bits and pieces, the stretch will allow stuffing to a degree, and it’s bonded on there on the inside, no stitching.
The hood is a proper hood, it’ll fit a helmet and the bare head within it. The peak is wired and lightly stiffened, bg for good protection too. Although it has a big volume, this won’t be a tight-fit on a helmet, it cinches down well and will be great over a beanie or a Buff in a blizzard, and that cinching is done in a different way.
You’ll see in the photies above red and white drawcords coming out of the neck, the white pulls in the face aperture, the red does volume around the back of your head. No more reaching around and fumbling for an adjuster, just look down and pick a colour. They do take a bit of pulling as there’s a lot of bungee in there to stretch, but it works well. Both cords go through the same cord lock at eye level inside the hood, so slackening-off is done together to keep it simple.
Last up is the ProShell stuffsack with an adjuster and two belt/harness loops to keep it handy when your packless.
I’ll cut to the chase here, 290g for a size large. And I can’t see a single compromise to get the weight down, the arms are long, the body’s long, sure it’s a slim fit but it has to be for the users it’s aimed at. It’s designed to be pushed, and to let you move however you want. This is exactly where Berghaus should be, at the front.
We’ll be seeing lots of this over winter.