Being someone who hike hundreds of kilometers every year, in all types of seasonal weather, having a reliable jacket to use when the wind and rain sets in is of high importance. I live in the southwest coast of Norway, an area that sees more inclement weather than the rest. This dictates weather (and water) proof outer clothing with good durability over longer periods.

With autumn upon us, I took advantage of buying the Berghaus GR20 Storm jacket. at a local shop specializing in outdoor equipment. Berghaus´claim is rather strong on the features of this jacket, amongst them;  “If you’re looking for unrivalled performance in breathability and weather protection, here it is.” 

PERFECT – this is exactly what I need in this part of Norway!

I have now tested this jacket properly on a several occasions since buying it only a month or so ago (yes, I hike a lot). As I am writing this review so soon after buying the jacket, you can possibly know how it fared…

All the technical details and features of this jacket can be found at the Berghaus site (link above), but in a nutshell Berghaus state;

  • UNPARALLELED BREATHABILITY – A pioneering combination of hyper breathable face fabric, new GORE-TEX® Active shell membrane, and Body Mapped Storm Vents, means Berghaus has created the most breathable 3-layer GORE-TEX® jacket in the world.
  • WATERPROOF GUARANTEE – Engineered with GORE-TEX® Active product technology, providing waterproof protection.
  • LIGHTWEIGHT – Weighing just 277g*, the jacket is incredibly light weight and conveniently packs down to a great size. *weight given for size medium

The last use I had with this jacket was this afternoon, on a stroll after work in moderate winds and constant dense rain for about an hour and a half in my local area. I had a normal to low walking pace to avoid sweating, on mostly paved roads in open surroundings. In fact, conditions for most people when taking a stroll in the rain and nothing out of the ordinary. I deliberately did not bring my backpack, so as to let the rain properly hit all parts of the jacket.

Here I am outside in the rain on some occasions today as well as on another dayhike.

And here is the what I discover today after short use….

Nothing more to say then really. The Berghaus GR20 Storm jacket fails to deliver on of its most important aspects which is waterproofness. From such a reputable company as Berghaus this is a concern and I will contact them to get their take on this result and return it to the shop where I bought it for a refund.

As it is – the jacket is obviously not recommended.

Erik – Sept. 2018