Berghaus MTN Guide GTX Pro Jacket review: a robust waterproof for extremes

We head for the peaks in Berghaus’ MTN Guide GTX Pro Jacket, one of the highlights of the British brands’ technical Extrem range.

Berghaus MTN Guide GTX Pro Jacket: on Ledge Route
(Image: © Alex Foxfield)

Advnture Verdict

A hugely accomplished jacket for serious mountain adventurers, there’s a lot to love about the protection and practicality offered by the GTX Pro Jacket. It's a mountaineering jacket, so a bit overkill for most summer hiking use. So, it would be difficult to justify the cost if you didn't have snowy ridges, gullies and buttresses on your agenda. However, if you do enjoy technical adventures in challenging conditions, this jacket is almost flawless and is fairly competitively priced compared to other brand's GTX Pro Jackets.


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    High calibre of components

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    Insulated interior pocket for electronic gadgets

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    Five zippered pockets

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    Exceptional durability

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    Ventilated pit zips

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    Over 90% Bluesign approved fabrics


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    Expensive if bought for casual use

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    Too heavy for speedy hikers

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Northern English outdoor brand Berghaus is best known for its mid-range products, and if you head out on a jaunt in any of Britain’s national parks, you’re likely to come across someone sporting the familiar logo on a jacket, fleece, pair of pants or hiking shoes.

However, it's also involved in designing and manufacturing gear for serious mountain professionals. It’s telling that some of Britain’s greatest ever adventurers, including the legendary Chris Bonington, multi-award winning alpinist Mick Fowler and rock (literally) stars of the climbing world Leo Houlding and Anna Taylor are all advocates.

First launched in 1986, Berghaus’ Extrem range represents the brand's flagship gear, designed for the sorts of elite adventurers mentioned above and mountain professionals too. October 2022 saw the latest refresh of the range and its products quickly garnered praise, scooping numerous awards and receiving admiring glances for much more than just for its bold goji red, jet black and pinstripe grey colorways.

As one of the range’s standout products – not to mention one of the most expensive, costing half a grand – I was expecting a lot from the GTX Pro Jacket and it didn’t disappoint. It’s the waterproof jacket at the vanguard of the Extrem range’s ‘Guide’ pillar of products, which are pieces crafted to meet the needs of exacting mountain professionals. Berghaus says the Pro Jacket is an all-rounder that "covers you for all disciplines from Alpinism to SkiMo."

Berghaus MTN Guide GTX Pro Jacket: looking up

When grim conditions swept in, the Pro Jacket batted them back with ease (Image credit: Alex Foxfield)

Meet the review

Alex Foxfield
Alex Foxfield

Alex is a qualified Mountain Leader and a member of the London Mountaineering Club's committee. He's happiest in the high places, whether he's climbing, hiking or trail running, though he has a particular soft spot for winter mountaineering and enjoys pitting himself, and his kit, against interesting lines in gnarly conditions.

First impressions


RRP: £500 (UK) / €550 (EU)

Weight: 653g (men’s) / 585g (women’s)

Sizes: XS to 2XL (men’s) UK 8 to 18 (women’s)

Fabric: 100% Polyamide with GORE-TEX PRO Most Rugged 70D and GORE-TEX PRO Stretch 70D

Colors: Goji Berry and Jet Black (men’s and women’s), Grey Pinstripe and Jet Black (men’s only)

On first inspection, the Pro Jacket oozes premium quality. Its polyamide main fabrics feature a mix of 70 denier Gore-Tex Pro 3L Most Rugged and strategically placed Gore-Tex Pro Stretch panels. There are chunky YKK zippers with ample pulls, spaced Velcro taps along the front zipper’s storm guard and a pleasingly robust feeling popper fastening at the bottom. Everything feels deliberate and emphatically executed. John Hammond’s character from Jurassic Park springs to mind: “We spared no expense.”

To wear, it initially feels quite large and roomy for the size. But, remember, this is a jacket designed for properly brutal mountaineering missions in the sort of conditions where you’d also be wearing multiple mid-layers, including a down jacket, beneath. As a result, it’s not exactly the kind of fitted jacket you’d wear to the pub, unless you were heading to a renowned climber’s establishment, in which case it’d probably gain you some kudos.


The jacket features Gore-Tex Pro Most Rugged, making it hugely hard-wearing – exactly what the doctor ordered for a jacket that’s designed for the most challenging terrain and conditions. On the plus side, it’s resistant to rock abrasion and snags, while on the downside, it’s not as breathable as the standard Gore-Tex Pro.

The same is true for the strategically placed Gore-Tex Pro Stretch panels, which provide durability and freedom of movement in the areas you need it most but, again, it isn’t the most breathable fabric around.

Berghaus MTN Guide GTX Pro Jacket: looking out from the ridge

The Pro Jacket's rugged Gore-Tex face fabric is resistant to rock abrasion and snags (Image credit: Alex Foxfield)

Unsurprisingly, the hood is helmet compatible and features three points of adjustment – one either side and a single-point rear adjustment, which allowed me to adjust the fit easily depending on the conditions. On its front is a strongly wired peak, which aids visibility and I was able to bend it into whatever shape suited the situation best. 

There’s no shortage of storage options on the Pro Jacket, with four zippered front pockets, one smaller internal zippered compartment (which we’ll come to in a mo) and two internal mesh pockets. The two higher front pockets are easily accessible even when wearing a backpack’s chest strap and climbing harness. Usefully, the left pocket has a D-ring for attaching important items. These pockets aren’t quite big enough to fit a standard folded topographical map, though an additional fold and you can cram one in.

The larger Napoleon pockets on either side boast loads of space and zip downwards from the top, enabling access when wearing a harness or similar. The internal mesh pockets are designed for dumping skins, though they’re also perfectly sized for holding a map too.

Berghaus MTN Guide GTX Pro Jacket

Watching a departing hail storm sweep across the Lake District (Image credit: Alex Foxfield)

One of the most thoughtful features is the Therma Pocket, which is a thermally insulated zippered compartment designed to hold electronic devices like a phone, headlamp or GPS unit. Freezing conditions will drain a lithium-ion battery much quicker than in summer, especially if the tech is exposed to the cold for extended periods. Having communication and navigational capabilities compromised in a potentially dangerous winter mountain environment is obviously far from ideal. Guides always recommend keeping electronic devices as close as possible to your body’s warmth. Berghaus has taken this a step further with the inclusion of the interior Therma Pocket, which sits snuggly next to the wearer’s left rib cage, thus trapping your radiated warmth for the benefit of your devices.

As well as holding heat in, certain features are designed to do the opposite. To help regulate the wearer’s temperature, the Pro Jacket features pit zips on either side to increase ventilation. On long ascents carrying all the prerequisite winter gear, it’s easy to overheat, even in freezing conditions. Mountaineers always have to strike a balance between staying warm, while not getting overly hot and sweaty. Pit zips are one way to address this balance.

Berghaus MTN Guide GTX Pro Jacket: heading up

Pit zips keep the wearer ventilated on long ascents (Image credit: Alex Foxfield)

As is de rigueur in mountaineering kit, there’s reflective detail that’ll return the light of a headlamp during alpine starts or long walk outs or, in the worst case scenario, make you nice and visible to a rescue helicopter.

The sleeves are articulated to stop them riding up when arms are outstretched, while Velcro fastenings around the cuffs allowed me to tighten or loosen things. The cuffs are also stepped, meaning there’s additional coverage for the back of the hand. Around the waist, the elasticated dual hem adjustment is easy to manipulate with little pull tabs and one of the adjustment points sits right below one of the reflective Extrem logos, so is easy to find even when its dark.

It's a feature set that makes it a rather costly jacket. However, it's at around about the same price point Gore-Tex Pro hardshells from similar British brands like Mountain Equipment and Montane, while being cheaper than offerings from the likes of Rab, Arc'teryx, Haglöfs, Salomon and Mammut, just to name a few. So, while it's expensive compared to most hiking jackets, it's competitive against its contemporaries.

In the mountains

Berghaus MTN Guide GTX Pro Jacket: high on Ben Nevis

High on Ben Nevis, Scotland's highest mountain (Image credit: Alex Foxfield)

I first got hold of the GTX Pro Jacket at the very end of the 2023 winter season and, while I was able to test it against some freezing temperatures in England's Lake District, I didn't get the chance to fully put it through its paces in the kind of gnarly conditions it was designed for. When you've got a Ferrari, you need to occasionally take it to the track. 

I had to wait until February 2024 to really see what this magnificent jacket was made of, pitting it against a suitably tough week in the Scottish Highlands. With high winds, swirling snow and Arctic temperatures, I enjoyed taking the GTX Pro Jacket on some proper winter mountaineering missions.

With a layering system consisting of a merino base layer, the superb MTN Guide MW Hoody (an award-winning Extrem piece) and the GTX Pro Jacket on top, along with the GTX Pro Pants, I felt totally insulated against the conditions. There was room under the jacket for additional layers and I carried the MTN Seeker MW Down Hoody and other mid layers in my pack for emergencies or any extended stops. However, I never quite felt the need to add a fourth layer, such was the wind and snow repelling quality of the jacket.

Berghaus MTN Guide GTX Pro Jacket: on Ben Nevis

Despite the conditions, I felt totally insulated in the GTX Pro Jacket (Image credit: Alex Foxfield)

Of course, I didn’t feel quite as light on my feet as I would have in less rugged attire, though I was able to scramble and climb freely, without feeling restricted. While breathability is decent considering the ruggedness of the piece, it's not on the same level as many lighter jackets. However, there was always the option of simply opening up the pit zips to stay cool, so it wasn’t a major issue. Having said that, I’m not sure this is the ideal jacket for a wet and muggy August afternoon.

I value the versatility and options provided by the jacket’s several pockets. Having four zippered pockets that are accessible even when wearing a backpack's hip belt is a real boon and I liked having my map, compass and snacks within easy reach while on the go. Despite being out a few times for several hours in below freezing conditions, I had no issues with my phone or head torch's batteries draining, both of which I stowed away in the insulated Therma Pocket for safe keeping.

Berghaus MTN Guide GTX Pro Jacket: along the ridge

Freedom of movement was good, though the Pro Jacket isn't the most breathable (Image credit: Alex Foxfield)

A jacket designed for alpine environments is nigh on useless if you can’t manipulate its zips, tabs and other adjustments using thick winter gloves. Fortunately, the Pro Jacket makes use of large components and pulls; I found making any adjustments relatively easy, even with a fairly heavily insulated pair of hiking gloves.

I'm now looking forward to seeing how the GTX Pro Jacket fares in the Alps in summer conditions and I've little doubt that it will excel. Scottish Winter can be absolutely brutal and yet I've found a surefire way to tame the beast in this excellent jacket. If your kit can stand up to a gnarly February day on Ben Nevis, it'll cope with most.

Alex Foxfield

Alex is a freelance adventure writer and mountain leader with an insatiable passion for the mountains. A Cumbrian born and bred, his native English Lake District has a special place in his heart, though he is at least equally happy in North Wales, the Scottish Highlands or the European Alps. Through his hiking, mountaineering, climbing and trail running adventures, Alex aims to inspire others to get outdoors. He's the former President of the London Mountaineering Club, is training to become a winter mountain leader, looking to finally finish bagging all the Wainwright fells of the Lake District and is always keen to head to the 4,000-meter peaks of the Alps.