Innovation History

A New Kind Of Waterproof

Waterproofs are an outdoor essential. And in 1977, Berghaus introduced the best waterproof fabric available – GORE-TEX® .

It was the first truly breathable, waterproof, fabric and Berghaus were the first European brand to incorporate it into their outdoor clothing. In doing so, they helped transform wet weather gear for walkers and climbers everywhere. Berghaus are still the biggest user of GORE-TEX® Paclite® fabric in Europe.

Ultimate Protection

In 1979, Berghaus created the unique Yeti® Gaiter – universally recognised as offering the highest level of foot and leg protection available.

It’s still regarded today as being one of the most significant developments in outdoor clothing. Pictured is Berghaus athlete Mick Fowler in 1982 in a pair of Yeti® Gaiters , during his first trip outside Europe to Peru.

A New Concept In Layering

The Gemini concept from Berghaus.
A forerunner of the InterActive system , which is still in use today – was the first time a walking jacket had been designed with a zip-in fleece and introduced the concept of built-in layering systems to outdoor wear.

Extreme Innovation

The hugely popular and innovative Extrem range – launched in 1986 for serious mountaineers – was further enhanced in 1995 with the ‘one glove’ concept.

All features on the range – zips, toggles etc – were adapted to ensure that they could be adjusted with one gloved hand .

A 21st Century Waterproof

Waterproofs got even better with the launch of GORE-TEX® Summit II XCR® in 2001– an exceptionally tough yet ultra-breathable waterproof fabric that proved to be hugely successful.

In 2009 Berghaus took over 40 years of experience and developed its’ own waterproof fabric - AQ® . Offering excellent weatherproof protection AQ® fabrics can be used for a range of activities and are featured in some of Berghaus’ most popular clothing.

Berghaus rucksacks are so legendary that they’ve been given a history of their own.

Read the history of Berghaus rucksacks