Monthly Archives: March 2011

Berghaus Ignite Belay Jacket

Berghaus Ignite Belay Jacket

I have been wearing this most of the winter for all sorts of activities, it has also been chucked in the car as an extra warm layer if needed when out and about.

At first I could not make up my mind about it, but as soon as the tempreature started dropping I got to really like it !

Spec

  • Nylon mini ripstop [shell].
  • Highly wind resistant (less than 5 cfm). [shell]
  • Durable water repellent finish. [shell]
  • Fully adjustable Raptor fixed hood.
  • 2 way centre front zip with internal baffle.
  • 3 zipped external pockets – 2 lower, 1 chest.
  • 1 zipped internal pocket.
  • Separate stuff sac.
  • The Berghaus Ignite Belay Parka features an elasticated and adjustable hem drawcord.
  • Moulded cuff tab with hook and loop adjustment.

Strangely enough the garment we have for test does not have a 2 way zip on it !

At 680 gms it’s not the lightest bit of kit in your pack, but as a layer for chucking on when you stop on the summit or when you get to your winter camp spot it’s great.

With a filling of PRIMALOFT One  (133 g/sq m body)(100 g/sq m arms) the worry of getting the jacket wet is gone, this in turn means you can layer over your waterproof jacket when you stop and then stuff it into the top of your rucksack when you set off again.

A few times when I have set off I have been a bit chilly and I have kept it on for a while, venting as I heat up.

The “Raptor” helmet compatible hood is a stroke of genius !

Even without a helmet on you can synch in the cords and be snug and warm without restricting vision.

The 2 side pockets are perfect and roomy for keeping your hands out the chilly air and the chest pocket is roomy for a compact camera.

All are accessible even with a harness or rucksack on.

At anything from £100 to £150 I would say the Ignite is good value for money due to being a versitile bit of winter kit.

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