How do you make the ideal lightweight walking waterproof? Well, you ask walkers what they want the jacket to do. Berghaus gathered valuable info from trekkers completing the West Highland Way, and created the Light Hike Hydroshell Jacket.
It is light enough to pack but reliable and comfortable in harsh conditions, so while the Hydroshell Elite fabric is breathable and dependably waterproof, the jacket still weighs in at just a little over 300 grams.
This low weight comes in part from use of a printed Argentium layer in place of a lining: this provides a comfortable, dry feel and odour resistance, without the weight and bulk of an extra layer of fabric.
A reversed-coil zip is useful for water resistance, but windblown rain gets in everywhere, so there is a stormflap too. A couple of zipped pockets allow you to keep essential gear ready for use.