Alf gives us his latest comments on the Berghaus Ramche 2.0 - Is it worth the price tag?

PRICE: £350

WEBSITE: Berghaus Extrem 2.0 Down Insulated Jacket

WHAT THEY SAY: "With warmth-to-weight precision, the Ramche 2.0 builds on its predecessor’s success to deliver a lighter and warmer version that is the new standard in mountaineering down jackets. Mountaineers have long searched for the optimum balance of warmth-to-weight and the Ramche 2.0 delivers just that. Scientifically engineered to deliver precision heat zones through body-mapping technology, every down baffle has been analysed for optimum down fill and performance in conjunction with the body’s thermoregulatory framework."

WHAT ALF SAYS: If you feel the cold you’re going to love the Ramche 2.0 – lightweight (425g) and super warm, it’s the ideal jacket for those sub-zero mornings when the powder beckons but the air temperature doesn’t.

The Ramche 2.0 has been designed using body mapping to optimise its warmth-to-weight ratio. Each baffle has an optimum down filling and works in conjunction with an internal aluminium coated reflective mesh over core body areas to maximise heat retention.

The baffles are also offset, as this eliminates cold spots, and the Hydrodown filling is both water repellent (for up to 16 hours) as well as ethically sourced. Add to that a super durable 7 denier shell and this is a jacket that will take some stick as well as keeping you warm.

As is usually the case with down jackets, features are pretty minimal. The helmet compatible hood is adjustable although still a tad on the large side when not wearing a helmet, and the collar is high enough to cover your lower face, at the same time as having a zip baffle so as not to snag on your beard. There are two large zipped hand warmer pockets, a large internal security pocket, mesh stash pocket and adjustable cuffs and hem – and that’s about it.

Despite the minimal features, the Ramche 2.0 is an absolute delight to wear and exactly what you need for those mid-winter days.

FOR: Warm, lightweight and super comfortable

AGAINST: Hood could offer more adjustability; shiny 70s-style outer may not appeal to everyone

Alf Alderson is an award-winning freelance ski journalist who will be working on gear reviews throughout the 2016/17 season for the Ski Club of Great Britain.