Tough, packable and light waterproof?

Discussion in 'Clothing & Footwear' started by Guinevere, Feb 9, 2020.

  1. Guinevere

    Guinevere Backpacker

    I have a Berghaus Mera Peak 4.0 Jacket about 18mo old, and a 5.0 version that still has its tags. They are great jackets, have never let me down and suitable for my life as a Scout Leader who takes kids up big hills.

    But I'd also like something that is more packable and just as 'bomber' as the Mera Peak.

    What fabric is the 'sweet spot' for weight / robustness?

    Notes: I do have an old lightweight goretex but it's not great for the hills as it's too short in the torso so not great with a pack. I also have a Berghaus smock of some sort, not goretex but breathable. I bought it for summer runs and it's great, but it's too tight when over decently warm winter kit.
  2. Foxster

    Foxster Section Hiker

    Check out Alpkit's Definition jacket.

    Lighter and simpler than your Mera Peak but still a tough jacket and very waterproof.
  3. PhilHo

    PhilHo Thru Hiker

    I have a Mera Peak with a "waterproof" zip and no storm flap. It has let me down at least once because the zip isn't in fact waterproof.

    I like eVent 3 layer fabric. They have 3 varieties with 10,000, 20,000 and 30,000 hydrostatic head. The higher the figure the less breathable, that is the trade off. I've not tested my DV Storm 10,000 HH OMM Aether in multi hour rain but it has been very capable in the odd hour of heavy-ish rain.

    If I was shopping for a jacket now I'd definitely go and have a look at Alpkit Balance or Definition. I know @Robin has bought a Gravitas but also note that he has taken the same model on the TGO challenge. A few people here speak highly of the Columbia OutDry Ex Featherweight which has the waterproof layer on the outside. I think they have heavier versions and you sometimes see those with significant discounts. I think you may have the same problem I have with torso length though in the lighter weight jackets they all seem to be cut fairly short.

    If you want to see a range of different options you can go here and sort by weight.

    If you have a short list there will be someone on here who has an opinion on it and someone else who has seen one at a discounted price somewhere.
  4. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    Any of the OMM AETHER jackets. Smock and jacket.
  5. PhilHo

    PhilHo Thru Hiker

    I went for the smock, no zip to leak.
  6. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    Big zip on the Aether Smock! Did you mean the Phantom?
  7. PhilHo

    PhilHo Thru Hiker

    Sorry @Chiseller what I said sounds exaggerated but meant to say no zip on belly to leak. I've found the problem is where my hip belt crosses the zip.
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  8. Robin

    Robin Moderator Staff Member

    My old Aether smock was great but the material delaminated. I’ve got the new version to replace it and the facing material is smoother so hopefully it won’t have the same issue. It’s a great design and eVent is very breathable. The sleeves are quite narrow. I bought the Gravitas as a summer waterproof as it’s even lighter and packs small. The material is definitely more fragile. I’ve not tested it yet, but it seems like a good design. Unlike most lightweight jackets it’s got a very good hood.

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