Features: Airfoil windproof fabric, water-repellent, chest pocket with internal key/coin pocket, lightweight hood, reflective piping.
Contact: Berghaus www.berghaus.com
Test log: Around 15hrs in changeable conditions as part of 2- and 3-layer systems, 40-minute machine washing at 35 degrees and trips round the
This very blue wind shirt from the Berghaus Endurance range is constructed from their own Airfoil fabric with DWR (Durable Water Repellent) treatment. The Inferno is simple with a half-length, single zip-up chest pocket, rollaway Pertex hood as well as the usual draw cords, reflective piping and Velcro cuff tabs. Neat touches such as the flat-lock zip, the concealed key pocket within the chest
pocket, the embroidered logo and anchored cord-locks at the hem show off the quality of the garment and we couldn’t fault any of the construction. The whole thing folds up (albeit with some effort) into the chest pocket leaving that key pocket on the outside and hence accessible at all times.
The fabric had a nice feel to it and was comfortable next to the skin as well as other layers. The half zip opens the top up wide to easily fit head and helmet through and the collar stands tall supported by the hood folded up inside to block draughts round the neck. The Inferno is not a dedicated cycle garment and hence it falls short of specific cycling use in the usual areas.
The wide sleeves are the most notable being slightly short for stretched-out riding positions and the hem, though it did not ride up and tightens up well with the one hand operated elasticated draw cords, does not have a drop tail. The cuffs close up with velcro tabs though and the sleeves don’t have a seam running along the shoulder so it is comfortable in most positions and over other layers. Range of movement is also good as there is loads of room to move about yet the wide body doesn’t blow around like you might expect.
Where the Inferno really scores though is on breathability – the fabric blocks the wind and beads water well so it rolls off even after washing and drying cycles but it also lets moisture evaporate at a good rate. The hood is not really useful for cycling, its thin enough to sit beneath a helmet and closes up tight with draw cord and velcro tabs but vision and movement are always restricted by hoods, still it stiffens up the collar nicely and adds versatility.
Also available in full-zip jacket version and other colours, check the Berghaus website at the top of the page for more details.
If you enjoy other activities or just like looking at your watch as you ride then the impressive performance of the material, good looks, high quality and thoughtful features of the Inferno make it a great option. However being a multi-sport orientated design the usual cycling specific features are naturally lacking. The absence of a drop tail and the presence of a hood don’t matter much but the sleeves really could do with an extra inch or so.