Living in Scotland a decent waterproof jacket is definitely a must have for the winter wardrobe, or the chances of you getting out for a run is quite limited.  I have a super light Berghaus jacket for races as weight is key then, but it doesn’t really withstand full on mountain weather so I opted for the full Gore-Tex option of this jacket.  If you haven’t yet discovered Gore-tex then check out more information here, it’s is designed to be durably waterproof and ‘guaranteed’ to keep you dry.

Weighing in at 389g it is not the lightest jacket on the market, but boy does it do what it says on the tin.  The weight isn’t a hindrance though, I have found it fits quite well, I have mine in a medium, and with the moulded cuff tabs you can ensure it fits well around the wrist as well.  It is part of the Summit Series which are built to endure extremes of weather and terrain while delivering the highest level of performance from base camp to summit.  Even the zips are waterproof.  If you get too warm open up the ‘pit zips’ to allow your body heat to dissipate from your body’s core, these also have double flaps to keep out moisture.

Pit zip in action (Photo courtesy of Great Outdoors)
Pit zip in action (Photo courtesy of Great Outdoors)

It has large alpine pockets with water resistant zips which fit loads.  At one stage I have had gloves, beanie, mobile phone and keys all in the pockets at once.

It has a helmet compatible hood which is unique in the fit which still allows maximum peripheral vision with its wired peak.  The downside to this structured hood is when you are not wearing it, it sits on the top of your shoulders and collects water like a cup….as I found out after a run in the snow, when I took it off, I was remarking on how dry I was underneath until my hood cup then tipped over me.  Lesson learnt!  Either empty the hood or actually wear it for the purpose.

Hood casually collecting water whilst I remained oblivious
Hood casually collecting water whilst I remained oblivious but dry!

So does it keep you dry?  Yes!  Not only does it keep you completely dry, it is also very breathable so it’s not like the ‘boil in the bag’ syndrome common when wearing a water proof/resistant jacket.  I’ve worn it in some pretty decent rainfall as well as through snow storms on the peak of the highest Scottish Mountains such as Ben Lomond and through a freak snow storm in the Lakes District, without it I would have been soaked to the bone and left in a potentially horrible and dangerous situation.  A proper waterproof jacket is not cheap, but it is well worth the investment.

Keeping toasty and dry on Ben Lomond with snow still falling
Keeping toasty and dry on Ben Lomond with snow still falling

This jacket is currently on sale at Ellis Brigham for £149.99 down from £199 so a bargain there, but not in a range of colours, but I’m sure if you shop around you will find a few options about.  I got mine in the sale last year, and so pleased I took the decision to splurge on this winter wardrobe must have.

Rear angle (photo courtesy of google)
Rear angle (photo courtesy of google)
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