Premium rain pants for a great price, Berghaus Deluge 2.0 trousers walk the walk when the heavens open.
Great waterproof protection
Top performance-to-price ratio
Convenient three-quarter length sizes
Neither the smallest nor lightest to carry
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Berghaus Deluge 2.0: first impressions
Slim fitting and comfortable, the robust Berghaus Deluge 2.0 waterproof trousers don’t billow like Zeppelins in a strong wind, so that often you will quickly forget you are wearing them at all.
Their protection comes in the form of Berghaus’s own two-layer Hydroshell fabric, which helps to keep their price competitive compared Gore-Tex alternatives, while still combining excellent rain protection with impressive breathability, which is why we selected them for our best waterproof trousers buying guide.
The three-quarter length zips make them easy to pull on over hiking boots, and the press-stud closures give the option of leaving the zips open for extra breathability when walking through fog rather than rain. The waistband is wide for comfort and there’s a drawcord for a snugger fit.
• RRP: £60 (UK)
• Gender specificity: Men’s / Women’s
• Sizes available: XS / S / M / L / XL / XXL / XXXL
• Weigh (men’s large): 374g / 13oz
• Materials: Hydroshell
• Colors: Black
Berghaus Deluge 2.0: on the trails
I tested these waterproof pants during a week’s walking in north-west Scotland and they came to my aid on a stormy day in the mountains as well as a half-day sea kayaking expedition.
On both occasions they proved totally waterproof, and easy to wear for hour after hour without overheating (although the Scottish ‘summer’ temperature was struggling to reach double figures in Celcius). They also feel as if they will last for hike after hike.
The fabric is shinier than the Gore-Tex alternatives from Rab and Montane, but not as plasticky as cheaper overtrousers, giving the Deluge a sweet spot where price meets performance.
After spending a decade as editor of Country Walking, the UK’s biggest-selling walking magazine, Jonathan moved to edit Outdoor Fitness magazine, adding adrenaline to his adventures and expeditions. He has hiked stages or completed all of the UK's national trails, but was once overtaken by three Smurfs, a cross-dressing Little Bo Peep, and a pair of Teletubbies on an ascent of Snowdon. (Turns out they were soldiers on a fundraising mission.)