Berghaus Clothing was founded in 1966 by two Brits based in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. They were essentially outdoor retailers who wanted to develop high quality outdoor clothing suitable for their own pursuit of mountain climbing and exploring the great outdoors.
They designed, tested and manufactured what became Berghaus clothing – Berghaus having the literal translation from German of ‘Mountain Centre’. Over the years Berghaus has introduced rucksacks and footwear to their range but has always kept a very keen focus on the development of Berghaus clothing not only in terms of fabrics and materials but Berghaus as a brand.
During the late 1970’s Berghaus was one of the first companies to incorporate the waterproof, breathable Gore-Tex fabric into their products. In addition they also introduced the ‘interactive’ or 3 in 1 jacket concept which gave the wearer a lot more flexibility as to what to wear in changeable weather conditions. This type of garment is now epitomised by the Berghaus RG 3in1 Jacket:
The 1980’s saw the introduction of Berghaus women’s clothing that catered specifically for the massive rise in women’s interest in active and outdoor pursuits. At this time they also introduced some additional segmenting of the market by introducing Berghaus Extrem Clothing for the high-end technical market while continuing to develop Berghaus Outdoor and Trail Clothing ranges for less ambitious fell and hill walkers and for those who simply wanted good quality, reliable waterproof products, now represented by the likes of the best selling Berghaus RG1 Insulated Jacket
Berghaus was also at the forefront of the ‘garment layering’ systems of the early 1990’s when the newly perceived wisdom was that warm air emanating from the body and trapped between successive layers of garments was actually the best method of remaining warm. All Berghaus clothing has since been developed with that technical principle in mind epitomised by Berghaus fleece jackets such as the Berghaus Annandale Fleece
Into the 2000’s Berghaus Clothing was also at the leading edge of lightweight fabric technology leading to the development of Berghaus lightweight and packable garments for pursuits were weight and bulk were critical issues. Those developments lead to the introduction of the Berghaus Paclite range of garments which now enjoy universal use.
Berghaus waterproof clothing for both men and women now enjoys universal recognition and success and its breadth of uses – from high streets to high mountains – is testament to their product development and ingenuity.