First Look: Berghaus Mount Asgard Smock

Posted on 31 Mai 2011

Three interesting jackets were presented at the Outdoor Show last year. A first look of the Golite Malpais Trinity can you find on my blog. Meanwhile another package with the Berghaus Mount Asgard Smock arrived. This is one of the lightest fully technically equipped GORE TEX tops in the world. The smock was developed by the Berghaus Mtn. Haus team in cooperation with the climber Leo Houlding.

The Mount Asgard smock is not as light as the Golite Malpais Trinity, but the jacket remains under 300g.  Exactly 294g for size L on my scale.  This is an acceptable weight for such a technical smock. The cut is close fitting without restricting. It feels like a second skin. For more freedom of movement Berghaus uses some stretch applications under the arms of their new jacket. The fabric of the smock is a lightweight version of GORE TEX Pro Shell and as you know the quality of Berghaus all seams are fully taped and the waterproof zipper is extra long for an excellent fitting.

Coming now to the hood, one of the most interesting part of the Berghaus Mount Asgard Smock. The hood has a sophisticated design. All hood cord adjusters are at the front for single hand adjustment. The cord locks are incorporated into the jacket so that they nowhere get stuck and break off. A helmet for climbing or packrafting fits perfect under this roomy designed hood.

Meanwhile the smock has some other nice details. The waterproof front zipper has a big storm flap to protect you. At the end of the zipper there is a perforated reservoir which directs the water away that comes along the zipper. The pocket next to the front zipper offers space for small things and is made with mesh on the inner.

First Impressions:

The first impression of the Berghaus Mount Asgard Smock is really good. I really like the athletic cut of this smock. The smock offers enough space for an insulation jacket or something else. Furthermore I can say that the breathability of the GORE Tex Pro Shell is splendid. I have had some problems with the breathability of GORE TEX fabrics in the past,  but this smock works well. The cord looks are strong enough and fix the jacket in position without slipping, even when you are biking or running. I also like the design of the fantastic hood. It fits perfectly to the head and offers at the same time enough space for a helmet. These are my first impressions so far. I will take the jacket with me on my upcoming packraft trip in Austria next week. After this trip I hope that I can write some more impressions.

Now you can guess which is the third jacket that I will present on my blog :) .


  • http://korpijaakko.wordpress.com Korpijaakko

    Really great looking piece of kit! I saw it first on Petesy’s blog a while ago and it cought my interest. Unfortunately I can’t afford to buy another (summer) shell for a while…

  • http://thunderinthenight.blogspot.com/ Joe Newton

    I had always resented outdoor manufacturers for adding ‘helmet compatible’ hoods to rain jackets that would, for the vast majority of the buying public, only be used for hiking or backpacking. Using a helmet for packrafting makes these large hoods make total sense again!

    Nice looking jacket but I think I’ll go with an eVent jacket next.

  • hrxxlight

    @korpijaakko
    yes that is true. you cannot buy everything. I have the same problem.

    @joe
    the jacket is fantastic. I’ve worn it every day on my packrafting trip in austria. the hood is perfect for a helmet, but you are right. such a jacket with eVent should be great. the hood of the spektr is not made for the use of a helmet

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  • http://twitter.com/korpijaakko Jaakko Heikka

    Well, now I’d need a new summer shell so I’ll have to afford something. How has been the durability of the jacket? How many full days of use it has seen and how is it doing?

  • http://hrxxlight.com Benjamin M.

    He Jaako

    I used this jacket very often and the durability is fantastic. This jacket is in daily use when I go out for a walk with my dog or biking and I wahsed it 4 times. It is still waterproof and in excellent conditions. If you decide to buy it check out the sale of the jacket at bergfreunde.de or outdoor-broker.de

  • http://twitter.com/korpijaakko Jaakko Heikka

    Thanks for the reply! Got an impression from another source (related to the haglöfs 2013-14 winter line) that the estimated lifetime of Goretex Proshell with thin fabrics would be around 100 full days of use (Haglöfs claiming beefier fabrics doubling normal lifetime up to 200 days). It’s kinda sad but sounds somewhat right for me. Makes sense to buy stuff from sales if it lasts only for 100-200 full days of use. Unfortunately the jackets on sale were too small (I’d need XL) but found some from here: http://www.outdooraction.co.uk

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