The Berghaus Cadence Softshell jacket offers a great all-seasons layer, whether you wear it as an outer or mid-layer.
Most outdoors people own a softshell jacket of some kind. Softshells are very versatile because they can be worn as outer layers on cool and dry-ish days, even when itâ€™s windy, or as mid-layers when itâ€™s wet.
On a rainy day, a softshell is useful as a mid-layer underneath a waterproof jacket. Because softshell is breathable and windproof, youâ€™ll benefit from this extra mid-layer on cold days.
The Berghaus Cadence, in designs for men and women, is constructed from Gore Windstopper softshell fabric, which is renowned for being super windproof yet also breathable. In addition, Berghaus have added a DWR (Durable Water Repellent) coating to keep the wet out on showery days.
The jackets are made from several stretchy panels so that you benefit from comfort and freedom of movement whatever youâ€™re doing, from walking to cycling.
- Two zipped hand pockets
- Stretch bound cuffs
- Single pull cord adjustable hem
The menâ€™s jacket weighs 370g while the womenâ€™s is 260g.
This is an easy jacket to wear. I popped it on over a short-sleeved baselayer at the start of a recent Munro walk. It was a cool, dry morning and the jacket offered exactly the right amount of protection before I warmed up with the steep climb to Chno Dearg, from Fersit, near Roy Bridge.
I was surprised that I was able to keep the jacket on for longer than normal, most likely because itâ€™s good at letting the heat and sweat out of the fabric (thatâ€™s the breathability benefit of Windstopper).
The stretch panels in the jacket are a great asset, especially when taking a rucksack on and off or using walking poles. I hate the â€œpullâ€ of non-stretch fabric when hill walking because it makes me feel horribly restricted.
At the Munro summit, I found the Cadence to be useful again. Sitting down to eat lunch and take in the views, even in sunny weather, usually makes me chilly. The Cadence offered a nice level of protection keeping the higher-level wind out.
Later that day, we walked through a few light showers. Instead of reaching for my waterproof jacket I wore the Cadence jacket, which offered enough water repellency to keep me dry. I wouldnâ€™t wear the jacket in full-on rain but for the odd shower itâ€™s very useful.
The jacket also squeezes into a small space in my rucksack. Itâ€™s not the lightest, nor the smallest packing, jacket but for the Â£100 price itâ€™s a good softshell.
What I also like about the Cadence is that it looks pretty good. I wore it to the pub in the evening and it felt smart enough for a causal night out. I would like the sleeves to be a little longer but I do have long arms so for most people the jacket will be a nice fit.
The Berghaus Cadence jacket costs Â£100. See Berghaus.