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Berghaus has a deep history in bringing World’s Firsts to the global market and once again MtnHaus, Berghaus’ internal development team has created higher performance products through partnerships, creative thinking and a never-say-no attitude.
Developing industry-leading technologies, fabrics, constructions and processes takes a major investment of time and resources and Berghaus embraces this challenge, taking manufacturing to the next level of environmental sensitivity and resource management.
Building on its groundbreaking MADEKIND program, which ensures that the products meet strict criteria whether it’s sourcing or materials or processes, Berghaus has partnered with two legendary outdoor technology brands to develop new products that perform better for longer, and are more environmentally friendly than existing products.
A major initiative for Fall/Winter 2016 features a new partnership between Berghaus and NikWax to develop their new hydrophobic Hydrodown®, a fluorocarbon-free hydrophobic down. Berghaus, the first brand to bring hydrophobic down to the global marketplace continues to lead in responsible down sourcing, environmental treatments and the highest quality performance. Berghaus down is EU sourced and processed in the United States, and is certified by the Responsible Down Standard (RDS) – a rigorous auditing process of its supply chain, ensuring traceability back through to hatching. The partnership has also invested in a new fluorocarbon-free treatment process that smashes through the ceiling of previous performance standards. Berghaus Hydrodown now lasts over 16 hours of hydro testing and will be used in all down styles or AW16.
Ramche Down 2.0 Jacket MSRP $450
With warmth-to-weight precision, the MtnHaus Ramche 2.0 builds on its predecessor’s success to deliver a lighter and warmer version that sets the new standard in mountaineering down jackets. The elusive optimum balance of warmth-to-weight has been found in the Ramche 2.0. Scientifically engineered to deliver precision heat zones through body-mapping technology, every down baffle has been analyzed for optimum down fill and performance in conjunction with the body’s thermoregulatory framework.
Building their revolutionary world’s first hydrophobic down platform, the Ramche 2.0 features the new ground-breaking technology – Hydrodown®, powered by Nikwax. In addition to this impressive insulation technology, the Ramche 2.0 also contains an internal reflect mesh over the core body areas to provide up to 10% greater thermal efficiency. A highly durable 7denier outer fabric completes the package – at 100% stronger than equivalent weight fabrics, this is the perfect choice to give your jacket unrivalled durability against the rock.
The Ramche 2.0 uses 183g of 90/10 850 fill goose Hydrodown® and three zone bodymapping ensures the optimum distribution of the insulation, while offset baffles construction eliminates cold spots in the core of the body. A crucial enhancement to the down comes in the form of new Reflect™ aluminium mesh.
Reflect Mesh is a heat reflective technology that improves thermal efficiency by up to 10%. The mesh, which has every fibre coated in aluminium in a permanent treatment, has been sewn into the core of the Ramche 2.0 and reflects heat back into the jacket without inhibiting breathability. Extensive testing by Berghaus proved that locating the Reflect™ mesh in the core (sitting between the offset baffles) was more effective than lining the jacket with it, as a lining was too close to the body allow for noticeable heat reflection.
7D face fabric
The Berghaus materials team has developed a brand new face fabric for the Ramche 2.0. A super-lightweight 7D 100% polyamide material (22g/m2), the material is windproof, water resistant, breathable and twice as strong as its predecessor. It combines a 7D yarn for weight with a 30D ripstop yarn for strength, leading to a weight saving of 12%.
Other features on the Ramche 2.0 include: a low-profile helmet-compatible hood with front face adjustment and adjustment at the rear of the head, and stiffened with micro wire; an internal stretch gaiter on the hood to improve fit and prevent cold air entry; two way YKK® VISLON® centre-front zip, designed to be used with a pack and/or harness; two large hand pockets with wind strips behind the zips; ergonomically shaped easy-grab zip pulls for use with gloves; single-handed adjustment at the lower hem to keep out the elements and prevent heat loss; adjustable cuffs with easy-grab tabs that can be handled with gloves; and durable hook and loop fabric around the cuffs that work well in wet, snowy and icy conditions.
Along with other COLOURKIND™ styles, products made with recycled materials and all bluesign® approved lines, the new Hydrodown™ Powered by NikWax continues to build on the wider Berghaus MADEKIND initiative.
The Berghaus fall/winter 2016 collection will be available from www.berghaus.com and selected specialty outdoor retailers from September 2016.
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About Berghaus: Celebrating our 50th year anniversary in 2016, Berghaus has created generations of market-making, iconic products that have led the way for others to follow. That innovation legacy continues today with MtnHaus, our UK based engineering team, which has achieved multi-award winning, world’s first, world’s only, world’s lightest and environmentally conscious outdoor apparel and gear. Expedition tested by its team of professional athletes, mountain guides and every day adventurers from legendary English climber Sir Chris Bonnington, and his lifetime of Himalayan accomplishments, to world adventurer Leo Houlding and his recent first ascent of the NE ridge of Ulvetanna in Antarctica, athletes rely on Berghaus kit to perform from the in the highest reaches of the globe to everyday walks in the park. Live for Adventure. Visit berghaus.com for more information.