Windstopper softshells, such as this one, are fast-growing in popularity
I am a big fan of Gore fabrics, whether their windstopper version or the waterproof Gore-Tex. These materials always feel robust and long-lasting â€“ and they do what they say on the label. So, as I expected, the Berghaus Gore Windstopper has proved to be brilliant at firmly keeping out the chill Scottish winds.
The womenâ€™s jacket is called the Berghaus Teton II jacket, which is a heavier weight jacket,Â while there is a similar version that uses a lighter weight fabric for men called theÂ Cristallo Windstopper jacket.
The Teton II is the kind of jacket I would wear on a windy but mostly dry country trail walking day, or while ascending a steep mountainside, or strolling to the local pub. It is versatile as an outdoors active jacket â€“ and looks good enough for wearing out socially.
Berghaus have created the jacket for wearing as a durable outer jacket on mostly dry days, although the Teton II does boast a Durable Water Repellent (DWR) treatment, so it will cope well in drizzle and light rain. When the rain builds to heavy, the jacket can then be worn as an insulating mid-layer underneath a waterproof outer jacket.
The womenâ€™s Berghaus Teton II jacket is a nice fit, too. It has been designed with the female physique in mind and gives a flattering outline. These things might not seem important if youâ€™re a guy, but women like to look good wherever they are.
Both the menâ€™s and womenâ€™s Â jackets also have articulated sleeves, stretchy cuffs with thumb loops and a drawcord hem so you have lots of freedom of movement and adjustment.
The womenâ€™s colour choice is black or white (with pink detailing).Â I am not sure how practical the white would be but if you plan to wear it for casual outings to a country pub then you might keep it clean. The black seems like a better choice for full-on outdoors adventures.
Other features that I like:
* A nicely fitted and adjustable hood
* Soft fleecy lining
* Soft feel to the inside top of the zip so it doesnâ€™t rub on your chin
* Two hand-warmer pockets
* Additional zipped pockets, one on the chest and one on the sleeve
* Two-way pit zips so you can let some cool air in when youâ€™re feeling a bit hot, for example when walking steeply uphill
The Berghaus Windstopper Teton II is a practical and smart-looking jacket that does everything it says it will.
Both the Teton II and Cristallo are priced at Â£160, which does seem quite steep, but I expect the jacket to last for many, many years to come.