The down jacket Berghaus Extrem Micro 2.0 needed a warmer jacket to accompany me through my outdoor adventures in winter. After 3 months of testing, read on to find out what I think of it.
Trigger point at The Cloud, reached during a relaxing winter hill walk
What is it?
Berghaus Women’s Extrem Micro 2.0 Down Jacket WAS £ 200 NOW £ 149
Overall rating (5/5)
- Hydrodown with NikWax insulation
- MTNHAUS Body Mapping heat distribution
- Windproof Pertex Quantum outer fabric
- Helmet compatible hood
- Available in sizes UK8 – UK18
- 4 different color options
- Weight: 417 g
What i thought
When the jacket arrived the box was so light that I didn’t think it could contain a jacket, let alone one that could keep me warm and dry in winter!
Getting something new to test is always exciting, but there is a slight fear of wondering if something will fit and what it will look like when it’s on. The jacket felt light like air when it was unpacked, soft and fluffy, and I rushed up to my full-length mirror to try it on for the first time.
I hovered somewhere between 14 and 16 and had always worried that a down jacket this style would make me look chunkier and less flattering, but oh how wrong I was!
Warm up after a winter swim in open water
I’ve spent the past 3 months wearing this jacket on every occasion, from autumn hikes through the countryside to exciting winter hill walks and even as an everyday jacket that I put on after swimming in open water in winter, to the gym, and so on .
I finally feel like I’ve used the jacket enough to make my judgment and spoiler alert. The Extrem Micro 2.0 is an excellent jacket!
I have a very popular Craghoppers jacket that is now several years old. In fact, it feels like almost every photo I’ve posted of myself outdoors in the past few years has been of me in my bright pink jacket! As much as I love it, it’s thin and requires careful layering for winter use. So I prefer it to be used in the warmer months.
In comparison, the Extreme Micro 2.0 is filled with down, which makes it very effective at trapping body heat and keeping you warm. This makes it the perfect addition to my outdoor wardrobe. The jacket uses body map technology which improves heat retention and I have to say that it has never let me down in terms of performance on many exciting winter hikes.
From mild but wet fall hikes to ice cold winter hikes, the jacket performed amazingly in all conditions.
Up high on the summit, the wind looked at the cloud over the Cheshire plateau during a Twixtmas hike and was freezing cold, but I stayed warm and roasted.
Twixtmas hike to the cloud
At the winter solstice, we took a nightly walk to meditate in the forest during a heavy rain storm. My running shorts were soaked, but the jacket remained waterproof and didn’t let the rain in.
In early fall on a mild day with just a t-shirt underneath on a long walk through the countryside, the jacket again performed surprisingly well.
I’m prone to overheating and I assume a down jacket is oppressive, but it really isn’t and I find it great for regulating my temperature, which makes this jacket extremely versatile.
My only problem with the jacket is that it fits a bit tight on the old hips for apple or pear shapes. I’ve lost over 8kg since this jacket arrived, but the comfort around my hips remains – I think it’s those Jamaican genes!
The jacket is a little tight around the hips
That said, the hip snuggly didn’t get in any way, and as a result, the jacket doesn’t stay high, but firmly in place, even when I climb over rocks and trees.
The bottom of the jacket is a little lower than the front, which means you can sit on wet surfaces and the coat will protect your bum. It also has pretty long arms with slightly elastic cuffs, both things I really like and the elastic cuffs aren’t tight or restrictive, just enough to keep wind from blowing your arms up!
Look how happy I am wearing this jacket!
The color of the jacket is called dark pink, but it’s a really hard color to define. I’d rather call it raspberry color. In terms of shade, it’s somewhere between burgundy and cerise pink. Either way, I love the vivid color!
In some photos it looks a lot smaller, in others it looks a lot deeper burgundy red depending on the lighting. Suffice it to say, although it is called dark pink, the color is bright and cheerful without being too garish or too “girly”.
Looks like I would definitely give the jacket a solid 9.5 / 10 for sure. Despite the down filling, the jacket neither feels nor looks bulky and has proven to be extremely versatile. It looks great with my fitness gear, walking gear, and jeans, so I’ve found that I wear it almost every time I leave the house!
From a design perspective and with a slightly more generous width of the hips, I would only choose a lining color that is more contrasting (e.g. purple, orange or turquoise) and I would prefer the zipper is a different color than red. Very small and very personal problems with aesthetics!
I love the high neck and that it doesn’t rub against your chin
- It’s ridiculously tactile and a real joy to wear
- It keeps me warm without adding too much bulk
- I love the high neck and the fact that it won’t rub against the chin when it is fully zipped
- It’s ridiculously light and packable
- The jacket works great in bad weather and keeps me roasted on windy days and dry on wet days
- Generous pockets that are well located
- I think it’s great that the hood is helmet compatible
- I found that the little zipper pulls a bit fiddly at first
- It’s a bit tight around the hips
- It is expensive
Fit 4.5 / 5
value 4.5 / 5
Overall rating (5/5)
This is one of those products that fully deserves its £ 200 price tag, but still, having never spent that much money on a jacket, not even my highly technical snowboard jackets, it’s currently available for £ 140 making this jacket a bit more affordable and I would have no hesitation in buying one at this price!
I have to say I’m head over heels in love with this jacket!
The Extrem Micro 2.0 is worth considering as it is a really excellent jacket for serious outdoor enthusiasts and I have to say I am head over heels in love with this jacket!
I really can’t help it in terms of performance and it’s a jacket that makes me really happy to wear it every time I put it on and to keep me warm and dry whatever the weather.
This is an excellent jacket in every way, and I really can’t say enough about it. Mine was given to me, but if you like the look you can buy it at Berghaus and Cotswold Outdoor.
DISCLOSURE | Many thanks to Berghaus, who sent us the presented product for testing. We weren’t paid to write this review.
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Shell loves all things travel and the outdoors, and is a nature-loving, comfortable camping girl. Shell started the Camping with Style blog after a serious snowboarding accident that left her with a broken back. Even so, she used the outdoors and nature’s healing powers to recover, and she continues to spend time outdoors whenever she can.
From swimming in the open water, snowboarding and kayaking to mountain hiking and meditation, Shell shares their travels and micro-adventures here on the blog. In various publications she has written for, Shell has a particular interest in promoting the wellbeing and many benefits of nature therapy.
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