Berghaus Sella jacket review£120.00

Multi-sport softshell

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This new shell from British mountain company Berghaus is a high-performance all-rounder, but you get more for your money from cycling-specific designs.

The Sella uses Gore’s Windstopper Lite fabric with a little extra insulation from the mesh pocket liners behind the front, and offers more of a windproof effect than lighter gauge shells.

You’ll also be able to watch rain bead and roll off it for an impressively long time before it starts to seep through the unsealed seams.

Breathability is good too, helping you stay relatively dry when you’re working hard, and the massive side-to-arm vents offer plenty of air con if you start to boil.

While it’s not a cycle-specific cut, the tall shock-corded collar and generous sleeve and body length mean no cold spots. Long zip puller tabs on vents, the main zip and the three pockets are easy to use with winter gloves, and the overall build quality is excellent.

The weight and pack size are relatively high though, as is the price compared with feature loaded, cycle-specific designs.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster than the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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