Berghaus Mera Peak XCR IA Jacket
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A classic walking jacket - the Berghaus Mera Peak has been around for years - this is the Goretex XCR version of the original Berghaus Mera Peak.
Berghaus Mera Peak XCR IA Jacket Reviews
Reviewed by Rich (Reading) on 2005-12-30:
General comments: This jacket was a bit above my budget originally, but after trying it on and checking out its features, I extended by budget! The Mera Peak XCR is made of XCR Goretex, and has a mesh lining which I think makes it more comfortable than others which tend not to have a lining. It also has 4 outside pockets and 2 inside, compacting hood, and substantial storm flaps on all the zips.
Pros: The first thing that stands out is the hood - everyone knows how important the hood is on a mountain jacket, and this one is ideal. It folds away into almost nothing, but when unfolded it has a wire rim, and two separate adjustments which makes it ideal if you sometimes wear it over a helmet etc. The thing that sold it to me was the number and size of the pockets - there are two large chest pockets suitable for maps, and two smaller pockets in just the right place for your hands, not 6 inches too high like a lot of jackets! All zips are covered my decent storm flaps with velcro, although the main zip also has a popper-type fastener at the bottom.
Cons: There really is very little to complain about with this jacket, the only thing I would have liked is another one or maybe two popper fasteners on the storm flap so that it doesn't rely so much on the velcro. Apart from that, nothing really to comment on!
Reviewed by Phil Snell (Southampton) on 2005-12-30:
General comments: I must have tried on hundreds of jackets before settling for the Mera Peak XCR IA and am I glad I choose it. There are so many great features to this jacket its hard to know where to start, I love the IA system so you can add a fleece inner to it, makes the jacket really warm, the Gore-Tex XCR is so water proof, can't remember when I got wet last! I know it will eventually let water in, but I have never been in that situation yet!
I do find that I get really hot inside the Mera Peak, and can sweat quite a bit, so if being active I tend to only wear a base layer, which allows the sweat to escape. I suppose its just because I am normally being quite active whilst wearing this, normally hiking or climbing.
The rip stock Gore-Tex is also a great feature, thankfully I have yet to need this, but its good to know that if you tear it its not going to grow into a massive rip. I had a lightweight spray-way waterproof, and I got a rip in it, by the time I had got back from the trip it had grown too large to repair, so for me this was a necessity when spending this much on a new jacket.
The weight of this jacket was also a key requirement for me, and the jacket itself with no fleece will fit in the top of my rucksack, so it does fold down really small. The hood accommodates a helmet if necessary, and it has the extra protection on key wear areas, like shoulders and elbows. It has all the pockets you could ever need, and they stay just as dry as you do!
Pros: I think there are too many to list, its weight, size when packed down, number of pockets, how water proof it is, AI system, hood that will accomodate a helmet, rip stock goretex, wear patches, everything you need from a hard shell really!
Cons: I really cant fault this hard-shell!! I highly recommend this, but try on a couple of sizes to make sure you get the right fit!!
Reviewed by R Wilkins (Scotland) on 2006-01-13:
General comments: I tried this jacket before buying a different one. I didn't particularly like several things about it. 1. The lining - it adds bulk and weight to the jacket without really adding anything to the performance. 2. The hood - it isn't as good as on several other jackets I tried, it is the fold-away type and i think this compromises its performance. 3. The pocket design - other jackets I tried kept the pockets on the jacket outer so you can put you hands into them without water getting into the inside area of the jacket, including the map pocket however this jacket doesn't do this. 4. the colour scheme - most of them are horrid. The good points about the jacket are the materials it is made from - Gore XCR is very good
Pros: Gore XCR materials
Cons: Lining, hood, pocket design, colours. Plus most importantly, all the neds are wearing them.
Reviewed by Simon Chaplin (Neath, West Glamorgan) on 2006-01-15:
General comments: I have looked around for many jackets and have tried 3 layer Goretex Mountain Hardwear, Event Craghoppers and finally decided on buying the Mera Peak XCR. Apart from the price have found the fit extremely comfortable. Not to big around the body which helps keep out the wind and keep you warm, the two layer system with liner keeps the material nice and soft and I can zip in my Spectrum fleece for general wear around the streets to keep me warm at this time of year.
I have used it up in the Brecon Beacons in rather poor weather (rain and hail) and have found it to be brilliant. The hood is on the small side for a helmet but on its own it fits and moves great with the head.
Pros: Goretex XCR, fit, colour scheme, interactive.
Cons: Hood, could be a bit bigger for a helmet.
Reviewed by Jack Wilson (Lakedistrict) on 2006-05-25:
General comments: I have had the Berghaus Mera Peak XCR IA Jacket for just under 12 months and is still in excellent condition, this is helped by they really hard wearing areas on thye shoulders, prevents wear from my big back packing rucksack. When I brought this coat i was slightly worried about durability as the zips went after about six mounths, however this coat seemed to be one of the best on the market, and so far i have had no problems at all.
This Berghaus Mera Peak XCR IA Jacket keeps me soo..warm on the lakeland fells, but also looks good enough to wear around town, after i've had a bite to eat and a wash. This coat is light considering the hard wearing gore-tex xcr fabric and the brilliant feautures, and easily goes unnoticed in my heavy pack on those late Autum days were you might just need it's excellent protection. even though this jacket has so many features it folds away nicelly in to small pockets in in my rucksack.I have seen these coats worn by proffesional montainerists to tv news readers, so obiously this coat is for any situation. dont think to yourself im not going to get this coat because it is to good for genral use because it csan be used any where any place any time.
Pros: the best jacket around for it's price
Cons: none what so ever
Reviewed by Chris Hainge (Hereford) on 2007-01-02:
General comments: The Berghaus Mera Peak XCR - what a superb piece of kit! It has kept me warm and dry in some of the harshest conditions that the Brecon Beacons have to offer - not only that, but it keeps it up for days on end. The underarm vents really come into their own when I'm carrying a heavy bergan, helping to regulate body temperature and avoid over-heating - the last thing you can afford if you're out in the hills for any length of time. Reflective elbow and hood patches make you visible at night to others out in the mountains, whilst the vivid colours do the same for you during daylight. The jacket packs up small enough to fit in the top of a pack, yet the cut is generous enough to ensure that you don't suffer from wet backside syndrome (nothing is more morale-sapping on a long trek). And to complete the package, it is easily smart enough for wear around town. In summary, the Mera Peak XCR really is a jacket for all seasons.
Pros: Versatile, uncompromising and thoroughly effective - I would buy a Mera Peak XCR again with absolutely no hesitation.
Cons: Like many other quality products from Berghaus, it isn't cheap. But shop around and you might get a bargain (try LXdirect for some real humdingers...)
Reviewed by Jack (*********) on 2007-03-05:
General comments: This is a superb jacket. When looking for jackets i got recomended this for its superb performance. But when i looked at the price tag i was put off straight away but i eventually got it due to the fantastic colour schemes and unique style. I purchest this jacked for £270 but have never regretted it the performance of the coat is unberleavable, the hood is superb and has a very usefull wire rim that is very useful when it comes to windy rainy weather in the mountains. Also the goretex xcr is perfect it keeps out all weather and allows you to dry off inside if you have got wet. This jacket also contains superb quality pockets which allow you to store all kinds of items around the jacket. The only let down that i have exspirenced with this coat is it not flexible enough but dont get me wrong if you are just walking this is a excellent coat and i would highly recomend it.
Reviewed by Jamie Burgoyne (Stirling Scotland) on 2008-05-17:
General comments: This Jacket feels impressive to wear. - I mean, I only had to walk into Graham Tiso's and the sales man asked ME if I wanted to sell my Jacket! HaHah!
It does feel good on, but too good for around town. Having said that, one day it rained fiercely and this Jacket made me feel like I could walk all day long, looking out from my extended stiffened peak hood to passers by who were getting a right old drenching.
And Being Gore-Tex...well, I wasn't exactly sweating about the situation either!
My overall impression about this Jacket is that - like a trusted friend I feel I could rely on it in an emergency - it pushes all the right buttons for me and I feel strongly it will be a difficult one to surpass in quality.
Oh, and its my Jacket - I don't let my wife wear it! - so you could call me jealous.
If you buy this Jacket - I think it'll end up being your favourite for quite a few years to come.
Pros: The Jacket benefits from subtle reflective elbow patches and small reflective back patch.
The Hood is well thought out and incredibly flexible- Stiffened-but not wired, with volume adjuster. - Conceals away perfectly to form an impressive snap down collar.
The arms offer ample room for stretching, which would benefit climbing activity.
It is Interactive so the fitted fleece is nice on cold days.
Call me proud - but I quite like the colourful Gore-Tex XCR Mera Peak Logo on the Arm too!
Cons: The Zips on the outside pocket have a tendency to snag with the pocket liners when zipping up and down which is highly irritating when your trying to unsnag it.
The Velcro on the windflap closures are a little on the thin side and the threading comes away from these sooner than you might expect from a high quality Jacket.