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Next to decent comfortable shoes the second most important thing to get yourself when deciding to take up walking/hiking is a good waterproof jacket. Berghaus is a great brand for the walking enthusiasts and can be found in most outdoor clothing stores. Their stuff isn't cheap but it's true you get what you pay for and with Berghaus you can be sure you are buying a quality product.
The cornice jacket costs around about £140 but I got mine in the sale for £75 so it does pay to look around and see if you can find it cheaper.
The jacket is made from Gortex material which just resembles a cagoule but it is much more hi tech than that.
The Gortex actually helps repel water from it and keeps you nice and dry which is especially important with our horrible weather in this country.
It also acts as a decent buffer from the wind keeping you nice and warm even though it is light and thin. It also has a breathable mesh fabric inside so you won't sweat too much when wearing it.
It has various toggles and fasteners to ensure that when you are wearing it that the rain doesn't have a chance of penetrating and getting you wet. It also has a hood but this is folded up in the back and you can just unzip it when needed or roll it back in when it isn't to stop it from flapping about. The neck area goes all the way up to the chin so you can be assured that when the hood is up and all the various fasteners and toggles are adjusted there isn't the slightest chance of any rain getting through it.
There are also a few pockets which like the jacket are completely waterproof so you can be secure knowing that your maps etc aren't going to get wet and damaged.
One of the really clever things about this jacket is the 'interactive' zip which is on the inside and designed so that you can attach fleeces to which you can buy separately. I haven't got one yet but I have seen them and they attach to the jacket fantastically and I definitely plan on getting myself one when the weather gets colder again.
Overall this is a fantastic jacket. Like most walking gear it isn't the height of fashion and what you are paying for is the fantastic quality and the assurance that you can go walking in the harshest conditions that our weather can throw at you and be assured of staying dry and snug.
I bought this jacket about 4 years ago from Cotswold Camping for about £150. I was after a weatherproof and waterproof jacket that would protect me from the elements when I was out walking and hiking around the hills, and went to Cotswold Camping because they seemed to have quite a wide range of the different brands in stock.
I've had many Berghaus products over the years, from gloves and hats through to boots, and their products have never failed me. So going on previous experience, I went for this Berghaus Cornice jacket.
The jacket itself is actually a waterproof and windproof outer layer and it has a multitude of design features to ensure that you can get maximum versatility and protection from it. When I bought mine you could actually get it in a standard length or even better, the long length which added about an extra 2 inches on, which provided the better cover for you bum and lower half. I went for the long length.
On the outside, it has 2 lower hip pockets which are zip fastened and also have an additional velcroed storm flap that folds over the top to ensure complete weather protection. The front of the jacket has a full length zipped fastener which also has an additional storm flap that folds over the top, and is fastened in position with a series of press studs. Of note, just inside this storm flap between the flap and the zip, there is also an additional zip deep pocket on the chest for maps etc. The cuffs of the jacket are also slightly elasticised, which is then backed up by a velcroed strap fastener to really close it down around your wrist.
The neck area has an inner layer of fleece like material that can be closed snugly around you neck when the jacket is fully done up. This snugness is aided by the fact that the neck also houses the hood which is rolled up discretely into the back of the neck cuff (making the cuff padded) and is hidden away when not required. The hood isn't removable, but doesn't really need to be because it is hidden away.
The jacket also has 2 adjusters on the body - one at the bottom and one around the waist which can be adjusted to close the jacket in around your body to trap the air inside to maintain the warmth. In addition, the hood also has 2 adjusters that can close down the front rim and around your head to provide a really snug fit.
Inside at the back of the jacket you have an inner mesh type material across the back. This is there to allow some air to flow around your back to avoid you over-heating. Might seem strange to just have it in the back panel, but if you are out hiking and carrying a rucksack on your back, this is the area of your body that may overheat and get uncomfortable. Hence, the mesh is there to allow air flow in that area.
The waterproofness of the jacket is provided by the Gortex material, which is that 'magical' stuff that keeps water (like the rain) out, but allows the water vapour (that comes from your body in the form of sweat) to pass through to the outside, thus keeping you cool and preventing overheating. In addition, all the seams are also sealed and glued to ensure absolute water tightness.
In the open elements against the wind, it also provides great protection to keep you warm by stopping any cold wind reaching through to your body, and this protection can also be increased by drawing in the drawstring adjusters on the bottom and around the waist to close the jacket around you and trap the air layers.
In the 4 years that I have had this jacket, I suppose I have tested it under a variety of weather conditions. I have been caught in some torrential downpours where this jacket has never once allowed me to get wet. Even the outer pockets managed to keep their contents completely dry with the combination of the Gortex, the zip fastener and the storm flap working well together. When the going gets tough and things warm up, I just open the front of the jacket slightly and have regulated the inner temperature, where again the Gotex has managed to allow the jacket to breath to let any sweat to the outside.
One point to note is that when you buy this jacket, you really need to buy a size larger than required. You can wear it over a suit or outfit as an everyday jacket to protect you from the elements. But of note, this jacket is actually part of what is known as a shell system in that you can also purchase a separate Berghaus fleece that will zip inside of this Cornice jacket. You can normally tell that it is a shell system because it has a second inner zip that runs up alongside the main zip. What you then get is a complete jacket system with the outer waterproof and wind proofing provided by the Cornice, and the warmth layer provided by the inner fleece. In effect, you end up with 3 jackets for the price of 2 - the outer Cornice jacket, the fleece on its' own, and combine the 2 to give a total weatherproof and warm combination jacket.
In summary, this is an expensive jacket, but it has been brilliantly designed to protect the wearer in all weather conditions, and really comes into its own in extreme weather conditions.
I am a creature of habit and good sense, and seeing as my mother taught me to always dress in warm and sensible clothing when out in the wilderness and cold weather, I to this day make sure I`m dressed in clothes that will keep my warm and dry when hiking, doing some mountain climbing or just going for a walk in the park...
When it comes to trust worthy brands, I always stick with Berghaus, Northmark and Bergans, these brands offering the best quality there is, for a high cost, but you get what you get! This is a jacket that comes in a version for both men and women, and what I first noticed about this jacket, is the design, that I believe could appeal to both women and men, as it`s very neutral and natural, with a feel of forest to it... This is a hands on Gore tex jacket, meaning that it is certain to keep you warm and dry, even in the most brisk weather, and so far, I have been kept very comfortable, warm and dry when wearing this jacket, I really couldn`t be more pleased! The jacket breaths well and doesn`t become too warm during spring and summer, and the jacket feels very comfortable and light on the body, this is not a heavy jacket to wear. There are several practical pockets spread across the jacket, ideal for transporting maps, snacks or cameras! Every cuff can be adjusted to your liking, and there`s straps to adjust to your body shape...
I bought this jacket while travelling across Europe, and it costed me 139.99, a price I would be happy to pay again, as this jacket has delivered to the maximum of expectations! This jacket keeps you absolutely warm and dry, is comfortable and light to wear and is made up of gore tex material. A great choice!
When looking for a water and wind proof jacket to wear when out and about in rough weather, enjoying myself hugely on hikes, mountain tops and forest terrain, I put trust into the brand Berghaus, having owned several products from this brand earlier, also listening to the recommendation from two of my girlfriends, saying that they were very pleased with their Berghaus Cornice IA Jackets. I hesitated only for a brief moment, just because the cost of 140.55 scaring be a bit, but decidind that I`d rather pay a bit for very good quality instead of spending less money on a poorer quality jacket.
One of the things I enjoyed about this jacket, was the good sized pockets, two on the outside and one on the inside of the jacket, allowing you to carry equipment such as a camera, wallet, cell phone and so on... The jacket can be easily adjusted to the form and length of your body, with straps and ways of fastening it, this also a way of keeping wind and water out completely. And on this note, yes the jacket is entirely water and wind proof, I`ve owned it for a long time and the quality of this feature still is one hundred percent intact. Inside the collar of the jacket, you will find a fold away hood, which works great for keeping your head, neck and face dry and warm. With a Goretex material, this jacket feels very light and comfortable on the body, and it allows you to wear thicker and warmer clothing on the inside, making certain that you stay warm and dry for your entire out door stroll or trip.
IA in the name of this jacket stands for Interactive, and though I use this jacket mostly during autumn and winter, I`ve also enjoyed using it when summer, because it`s very light and doesn`t become too warm when the sun is shining down at you... I`ve owned this jacket since the beginning of 09, and I am very pleased with it to date, absolutely finding it easy to recommend to all women looking for a good jacket! No, the design and look of the jacket isn`t ultra feminine, but it has a forest, mountain and out door loook to it which I quite like! A very good jacket from Berghaus!
The Cornice IA is a waterproof coat manufactured by the Berghaus company. Berghaus have a background in manufacturing clothes and equipment for walkers, hikers and campers, which is why this particular coat is grouped under "sporting goods".
The Cornice is man's design - the equivalent woman's style is branded as a Glissade.
The jacket is made from a Gore-Tex material. This is clever material that is manufactured under licence from WL Gore Ltd. The material is a high-tech way of being waterproof. The material is three-layered: the middle one is made with tiny holes. These are too big to let water droplets through [therefore waterproof], but are large enough to let water vapour through. This mean that perspiration will pass out through the coat, preventing any build up of condensation.
This mean that you end up with a totally waterproof coat, which turns out to be much lighter than, say, a Barbour product [I'm not knocking Barbour - I have one too - there just different horses for different courses.]
The jacket is fastened at the front with both a zip and a pop-button fastening. Together, these combine to effectively keep pout wind and rain. The cuffs can be adjusted with Velcro to produce a snug fit. The collar is lined to provide extra warmth. Inside the collar is a fold away hood. This has a large, stiffened peak which is very good at helping to keep the face dry.
There are two pockets on the outside, both with zip and protected by flaps. There is also an inside pocket which is large enough to hold an OS Map - this can be accessed while the main zip is closed.
The IA in the name stands for Interactive. Berghaus coats with this designation have a second zip included - this is designed to allow the user to attach a Berghaus IA fleece to the inside to produce a much warmer product for colder weather. I'm not that active myself, and so tend to just wear the fleece loose.
The jacket will fit over a suit and so I can use it for work. I didn't buy this for use specifically on the hills and mountains, but for general use when I need a proper, waterproof coat. I've had it for about two year now, and it's still as efficient as it was when new.
The coat has a SRP of £160 [Nov 08], but you can generally pick them up for about £140. It's not cheap, but I've been grateful when out in poor weather!
Also on ciao.
The Cornice IA Jacket from Berghaus is their classic waterproof snd breathable jacket. They have given this best seller a more contemporary look whilst still maintaining all the key features needed for a day on the hill. Specifications: Fabric: 2 Layer GORETEX Performance Shell SiriusLining: Dry Mesh and NylonWeight 701g Features: Full length InterActive (IA) zip with hook and loop fastened double storm flapRoll away hood with stiffened peak and volume adjusterWarm lined collarZipped internal map pocketTwo zipped hand warmer productsRetained elasticated waist and hem drawcordsHook and loop adjustable cuffs