Just in for test, and new for this winter is the Berghaus Ignite Hoody. It’s what we’d call a “classic” design, ie it ticks the practical boxes and none of the pointless ones and comes in the materials combination of justice: Pertex and Primaloft.
It’s an uncluttered design, no faff has been found on it. The fit is slim, the large is perfect on me and will be great over anything up to a base/mid/light shell which makes it a year-round piece with the tried and trusted option of a down gilet to boost it on the coldest camps.
Articulation is great, this is wearable on the move, horizontally and vertically, and the slight drop tail will keep a little more wind and chill off my arse.
The hood is a proper hood, with a big peak and adjustment at your face and at the back, where it lowers the volume and pulls it into your head which lets you pull it up at the front as well for uphill vision.
The cuffs are old-school, sewn-on tabs with velcro strips, my favourite, especially when the velcro doesn’t go all the way to the end so you can actually use the tabs with gloves on.
There’s a zipped internal stretch pocket and it comes with a weightless stuff sack, the outer zips are all reversed for neatness as well as abrasion and wind resistance.
It’s made from the good stuff. The shell is Pertex Microlight, the nice new matte finished stuff which is soft to the touch and swishes when it moves rather than rustles like in the old days. Inside is Primaloft One, which is the best synthetic option for warmth and packability. There’s 100g flavour in the body and 60g in the arms.
I know there’s nothing ground-breaking here, but the Ignite’s been put together just right, and that’s kinda what we need. At 518g it’s one gram lighter than Berghaus say it is and also puts it shoulder to shoulder with it’s most obvious competitor, Rab’s Pertex Sport-filled Photon Hoodie.
This’ll be a familiar sight on here over as the days (and nights) get colder. More later.