Berghaus Taboche Softshell Jacket
A honed alpine beastie, the Taboche is mostly made using functionally waterproof, stretch Gore-Tex Infinium fabric, but with more breathable, stretchy side and inner sleeve panels to add comfort when working hard. The jacket has an awesome, minimal technical cut with no slop and its single-minded intent is underlined by the lack of hand-pockets, you get just a chest one. In use it’s super protective without feeling overly clammy and it takes a sharp wind to penetrate the non-membrane side panels. It also handled short, heavy showers with disdain, though in sustained rain you’ll need to add a waterproof layer on top or instead. The hood works fine over a climbing helmet or a bare head and it’s the only jacket here with a harness-friendly double-ended zip which also doubles as a venting option. The downside to all this premium efficiency is the slightly alarming price-tag.
Beautifully cut, premium mountain soft shell that strikes a nice balance between protection and comfort.