Berghaus is celebrating – 2016 is the company’s 60th birthday, and we reckon it has been making consistently good kit since 1966. New to the range this autumn/winter is the Torridon Reversible Hydrodown Fusion, a mid-layer that uses both down and synthetic insulation.
At £150 it’s one of the more expensive products on test (issue 121 group test), but there’s a lot of technology here. Developed by Berghaus’s elite MtnHaus design and development team, the jacket is reversible, with one side offering Hydrodown insulation (goose down, treated so that it’s water resistant), the other side Hydroloft insulation (a water resistant synthetic fill), depending on the conditions. The insulation is also body mapped, providing more warmth in the areas that need it.
The Torridon gives a lot of warmth for a low weight – at 430g in a size XL we’d be happy to stuff it into our rucksacks on a multi-day hike, and it’s compressible too. Both types of insulation have been treated to make sure they are still effective in wet weather – great news if you end up wearing the jacket as an outer layer in the rain.
Depending on which way round you wear the jacket there are two zip-up handwarmer pockets and an internal zip-up chest pocket. The cuffs and hem are elasticated to help keep warmth in.
I couldn’t really tell the difference which way round I wore the Torridon, but either way it kept me very warm. I did find it a bit small for its size, particularly around the chest and shoulders, so make sure you try it for size first.
In a line: Comfort, warmth and a small packsize – a great mid-layer which is highly recommended.
This review first appeared as part of a group test in Adventure Travel magazine issue 121.