Review: Berghaus Nula Hybrid Jacket (with Hydroloft Polyball)
The Berghaus Nula Hybrid Jacket is desinged for women. It offers a combination of synthetic Hydroloft Polyball insulation to heat at the centre of your body, plus knitted fleece arms and sides for greater freedom of movement.
To aid weather proofing, the jacket has water resistant fibres.
The jacket ticks a few environmental credentials: It is mad with Bluesign approved fabrics and has PFC-free DWR (Durable Water Repellent) technology.
Other features include:
- Synthetic Hydroloft Polyball insulation at the heart of the jacket
- Stretch fleece fabric at sides, arms, shoulders and hood
- Soft chin guard on full-length front zip
- Fleece lined hand pockets
- Weight: 370g (size 12)
- Cost: £100
- See Berghaus.
What is Berghaus Hydroloft Polyball?
The latest innovation to emerge from Berghaus’ design and development team is lightweight and packable, Hydroloft Polyball.
The new technology has the following key characteristics:
• Made up of tiny water-resistant synthetic fibres
• Mimics the structure and appearance of natural down
• A PFC-free DWR treatment adds versatility, sustaining great performance in dry and wet conditions
• Low weight and very compressible.
Hydroloft Polyball used in a collection of men’s and women’s jackets, with retail prices from £100 to £150. These include
- Women’s Nula Micro jacket (£140)
- Women’s Nula Long jacket (£150)
- Women’s Nula Hybrid (£100)
- Men’s micro-baffle Seral (£120)
- Men’s Vaskye jacket (£140)
- Men’s Hottar Hybrid (£100)
On test: Berghaus Nula Hybrid Jacket
The fit is excellent. I am a UK10 and the small fits perfectly across the shoulders, chest, waist and hips. The torso and arms lengths are good as well.
I like the combination of insulation where you most need it and stretch fabric where you do not always require so much heat. The stretch fabric gives excellent freedom of movement, too.
It is a lightweight jacket that is ideal for use as a mid-layer under other jackets in the winter, or as a warming outer layer in the summer.
I wear this kind of jacket a lot and I usually have something like it with me in a rucksack when I walk, run or cycle. I like to have a lightweight insulated jacket for warmth when I stop to take a breather or for something to eat.
The hand pockets are really lovely. They have a soft, fleecy interior and they are great hand warmers.
The stretch fabric hood fits neatly and offers extra protection when it’s windy.
The DWR treatment is useful but it only keeps off light rain. If it rains hard, you would simply put on a waterproof layer over the top.
The jacket is easy to wear and does what it says it will. The extra attractions are the environmentally friendly technologies.
It would have been good to have a pocket that doubled as a stuff bag, or perhaps a small stuff bag to keep it in a small package when not in use. I always prefer a two way front zip, but fewer and fewer jackets seem to have this.
It’s a reasonable price of £100 for a versatile jacket, although I would prefer to pay about £75. Of course I would!