What I Like: A multipurpose, all-weather, jacket that handles different weather systems well, all at a highly competitive price.
What I Didn’t Like: Slightly bulky construction and hard-to-find zipper tab placements when wearing a backpack with hip straps, and cold weather gloves.
RECOMMENDATION: Get this value for money all-weather jacket, packed with enough technology and features to suit both casual hikers and experienced mountaineers.
Berghaus Fastrack Jacket Review
The Berghaus Fastrack jacket is a wind- and waterproof shell, designed to protect you from the effects of wind (especially at higher altitudes, where it can get pretty gnarly), as well as keep you warm and dry. It weighs a little over 500g, as it has a fixed hood, which can be rolled back, but not removed.
The Berghaus Fastrack jacket is designed for the multi-climate hiker or climber. It can keep heavy rains away from your base layers through its proprietary AQ2 technology and waterproof treatment in warmer climates such as forests and jungles, and it is robust enough to withstand wind and rain at altitudes exceeding 2000 meters above sea level.
THE STRESS TEST: I tested the Berghaus Fastrack jacket on a four-day adventure, beginning with a cold but dry night in Baguio City, Philippines, and culminating in a two-day wet, bone-numbingly cold, and muddy summit attempt of Mount Pulag, the country’s third-highest peak. The temperatures at the peak hit approximately 10 degrees Celsius.