Will Renwick reviews the Bergans Stegaros – a heavy-duty softshell jacket for the outdoors


This jacket by Bergans is very similar to the Jöttnar Garm: similar materials, an almost identical cut and the same high level of protection from the elements. The Stegaros has fewer pockets but it has pit zips – these are the only real differences in design that I can spot. This is a fair bit cheaper than Jöttnar’s Garm which is presumably down to the fact that Bergans is a larger brand and able to take advantage of economies of scale.

It’s certainly a jacket built for tough conditions, managing to keep strong winds out and shedding water very nicely. I had confidence in it even in fairly wet and windy conditions. The pit zips make this more of a breathable jacket than the Garm, but if you are looking for a highly breathable jacket for high-tempo activities, you would be better off with one of the lighter jackets tested.

Reviewed April 2016

Overview

  • Overall: 4-5 out of 5

Pros: materials, performance

Cons: weight

  • Price: £160
  • Weight: 700g (S)
  • Materials: Polyester, Spandex
  • Hood: adjustable
  • Fastening: one-way zip with inner flap
  • Pockets: two handwarmer pockets and one chest with mesh
  • Sizes: S-XXL, women's XS-XL
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