As someone who owns a Springer Spaniel, the irony that I hate cold weather is not lost on me. She’s happiest sprinting around, getting wet and muddy. I’m happiest curled up by the fire, gin in hand. Thankfully this year on our annual UK “doggie holiday” where we swapped Cornwall for the Cotswolds, I had Berghaus with me to keep me warm and dry.
We’ve got a little pattern going with our UK holidays and book a week away each September. Maddie deserves a little holiday too and especially the chance to escape London. We don’t work her but she is a working breed and really belongs in the countryside. For the last two years we’ve been to Cornwall. This year we headed a little closer to home and stayed in the south Cotswolds. It was beautiful but my goodness, so very cold.
Thankfully packed in my suitcase was the perfect raincoat and walking shoes from Berghaus. They kindly gifted the ‘Deluge Light Waterproof Jacket‘ and the ‘Expeditor Active AQ Tech Shoes‘ and our week away was the perfect opportunity to put them to the test. Outdoor wear for me needs to be practical but minimal at the same time. We live in London and walks around Greenwich Park at the weekends or walking up to Elmstead Woods just behind our home is about as ‘countryside’ as it gets. So it’s important that it’s useful for city living too and both jacket and shoes fit the bill perfectly.
I chose the coat in blue, size 12. I love layering because I feel the cold so much and it’s quite normal that I’m wearing at least 3 layers under a coat…! There’s plenty of space, elasticated cuffs, an adjustable hem, hood and zip fastening with good-sized pockets. AND it’s made from ‘fully waterproof Hydroshell fabric to keep you dry and comfortable‘, how about that? It’s also lightweight enough that you can shove it in a backpack or bag if you don’t need it.
It was so incredibly comfortable that I basically wore it every day for the entire week. It’s been my coat of choice ever since too with a rainy September and mild October, it’s perfect to throw on to walk to the station in the mornings before work or taking Maddie to the park. Are there any cons? I haven’t found any so far and it’s had quite the road-test over the last 6 weeks or so. It costs £90 and is available in black, blue, green or pink, find it here.
With the shoes, I ordered a size 7 and I would say that they’re so true to size I should have ordered a size 6 which is my normal size. I often tend to go up with outdoor shoes to fit lots of pairs of socks on (are you sensing a theme here? I’m cold, pretty much all the time!). It’s nothing that an insole and lacing them up tightly won’t fix but aside from that, it is literally like walking on cushions.
I spend a lot of time in trainers, they’re just convenient but slipping into the Expeditor Shoes is the perfect hybrid between walking boots and trainers. They were great for the days when we were combining city sightseeing with countryside walks for Maddie and kept my feet brilliantly dry which my normal shoes don’t tend to do.
This is the best description to sum them up: “Made from British suede with breathable pores, they offer all the performance you need on the hill while still looking good enough to wear in the pub afterwards”. Because who doesn’t love a walk followed by a pint in the pub, that’s the whole purpose of exercising first right? As comfortable as you can imagine, it didn’t even occur to me that they might rub like new shoes often do but I never had to worry about it from the moment I put them on. Even if you aren’t planning a long walking expedition, they’re also perfect for city-based exploration. The shoes cost £100 and are available in black and green, grey and blue or grey and red, find them here.
I have to be honest and say I’d never owned any Berghaus products before but it’s been such a positive experience so far I’d definitely now use them as my outer wear brand of choice. Perhaps it might even encourage me to get out and about more 😉
Thank you so much to Berghaus for gifting me the items in return for an honest review. All words, images and opinions are my own unless otherwise stated.