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Our older browsers will remember the legendary blue and red Trango jacket which was a best-seller during the 1990's. Now Berghaus have re-launched the Trango, and it more than lives up to its predecessor's reputation. Designed for mountaineering, skiing and ski mountaineering, the Trango includes a detachable snowskirt, ski pass sleeve pockets and internal stretch mesh pockets to help keep your water bottles warm on summit day in Alaska.
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Berghaus Trango XCR Jacket

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  Reviewed by Alan Mercer (Wales) on 2005-09-29:
General comments: i climb all over wales if u want top of the range look no further light weight high vis and you will not find a hood with better performance anywere this jacket should last at least 5 years theres not a better waterproof jacket around

  Reviewed by Andrew Thomas (UK) on 2005-09-29:
General comments: I bought this jacket for skiing and i was very impressed. The preformance of the XCR fabric was supurb giving all round protection against the elements. The fit being fairly fitted, and the pre articulated arms make it ideal for those who are going to be physically active.

  Reviewed by Gareth Griffiths (Dartmoor) on 2005-09-29:
General comments: What more can I say about this jacket, it stands out from the crowd. I live on Dartmoor and find that the jackect takes what the weather throws at it and just laps it up. I do not think there is a better jacket on the market. The fit of the jacket is supreme and the hood does a great job. I am a outdoor mountain rescue member and feel its just simply the best....

  Reviewed by Glenn Noble (Newcastle upon tyne) on 2005-11-15:
General comments: Is there a grey bit underneath the Berghaus sign on the hood. Also, on my coat there are no washing instructions inside the collar - is this the case on every coat or just mine? If you have a trango, I would appreciate it if you could you send me some pics to so i can do some comparing. Thanks in advance

Pros: May be a bargain as i bought it from ebay for £126

Cons: On the other hand, it may be a fake so i might have lost £126

  Reviewed by J.T (Glasgow) on 2006-03-02:
General comments: The berghaus Trango was the first proper gore-tex I owned, It was the dodgy blue yellow and red one but it served me well and got me up my first Munro in winter. The new version is a vast improvement on the old with better gore-tex (XCR) and more features.

Pros: The trango is Berghaus’s top of the range waterproof. The fabric is gore-tex XCR, 3 layer and is very weatherproof and very breathable. The jacket has reflective panels for better visibility for mountain rescue when they come and get you. There is an internal snow skirt which has the added benefit of being able to zip out should you not want to use it, it also means you can use this jacket skiing. The hood is my favourite part of the jacket as it is big enough for a helmet and has lots of adjustment so getting the right fit is easy. Pocket wise you have two big boys inside and a small one on the sleeve. Pit zips finish off the package. I love the feel of this jacket as can handle any weather conditions. Batten down the hatches right and nothing can get in.

Cons: it is quite a heavy jacket and i have experienced major condensation whilst slogging uphill. this is due to the XCR not being able to handle the heat i suppose. maybe Event next time
This review has 2 comment(s):

Ricky Smith (Aylesbury) responded : Not being disrespectful, but did you ensure that all of your layers were designed to wick moisture away from your body? One non-breathable layer can throw the whole system off. (2007-01-18)

Midgeybite responded : Did you read the Instructions as to how to use Goretex, Event and Ceramic materials they all have a high external water sheild but if you are active and producing moisture it only takes one non wicking garment in your base layers to keep moisture within. (2010-01-13)

  Reviewed by IanMcC (Stirling, Scotland) on 2006-03-27:
General comments: Berghaus have always made good waterproof jackets. What some people may not know is that recently Berghaus jackets became a must-have fashion item for “Chavs”- not in the way familiar in the west of Scotland, where Gore-tex clad Neds in the streets of Greenock and Port Glasgow have long been clad in seconds from the North Face factory outlet- but in a designer-label, Pierre Cardin, Burberry overpriced sort of way. Ultimate style icon is the Mera Peak jacket, but other Berghaus clothing, irrespective of materials or purpose, achieved almost the same designer-label kudos. As a result, several high-street retailers have been carrying Berghaus jackets, and as the fashion fad waned their online sites offered numerous excellent bargains at less than half the manufacturer’s RRP. Although I did not really need a new jacket, £104.95 for a Trango XCR Jacket(RRP £”$£.50) at Littlewoods online was a bargain not to be missed. But would Berghaus’s flirtation with fashion have compromised the quality of the product?

Pros: The jacket was well-cut, with sufficient arm movement to make it suitable for climbing. Overall, the design was very good, with the wired hood being a particular strength, being widely enough adjustable to retain shape and visibility either when wearing or without a helmet. All drawcords were easily adjustable. The jacket breathes well. The design included a couple of features I will probably not use: a detachable snow-skirt, and an outside zipped compass/transceiver pocket on the forearm. The jacket has a reflective trim for road safety.

Cons: My only quibbles with the jacket were the “tight” map pocket ( a feature, it seems, of even the most expensive jackets) and the fairly flimsy Velcro closures on the storm flaps over the zips, which tend to unstick if separated during freezing conditions. I have only owned the jacket for a few months, so cannot comment on durability, but the general build quality seems excellent.

  Reviewed by DREW MORRIS (SUNDERLAND) on 2006-04-08:
General comments: I have taken this item back to the store and will explain why.On first appearance, it's a rather 'square', plain, un-shaped jacket. I found, to my surprise, that the medium size fitted me quite well. The jacket fitted well over the shoulders and the length was almost to my fingertips. The jacket sleeves are a good length for me but I found the cuffs to be a little uncomfortable and they chafed my wrists. There's also quite a lot of space in the sleeves which adds to the impression of generous sizing. The 'boxy' shape of the jacket meant that, for me, there seemed to be a bit of surplus material around the midriff area, especially if I tightened the hem drawstring and an additional drawstring around the waist would have been good. I havent found a problem with the flaps coming unstuck as I havent owne the jacket long enough to concern myself with it.

Pros: Sizing generous for a medium

Cons: chaffed wrists and no mid cord.

  Reviewed by Stephen Mullen (Cork) on 2007-03-28:
General comments: I have had this jacket for about 8 months and it is one best pieces of kit I have bought in 16 years. It cost me 360 euro which is probably the most I have spent on a single piece of Mountaineering equipment. I have used this in very bad weather such as rain, wind and driving snow and it kept me warm and dry. The snow skirt is a great idea and it means I can use it for skiing and snowboarding also. The Jacket folds up nice and small in my rucksack but it's still of very strong construction.

Pros: Very breathable, lightweight, very water & windproof, bomb proof construction.

Cons: Small bit pricey but well worth it.


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