Berg Outdoor, the Portugal-based clothing and gear brand, creates outerwear with five goals in mind: it must be lightweight, versatile, innovative, functional and sustainable. The ultralight GERES Zero Gravity down jacket ticks off all of those boxes. Berg looked to Porcher Sport, the French maker of high-performance lightweight fabrics for paragliding, parachuting and ballooning, to realize inspiration for the outerwear.
The top layer is made of Porcher’s lightweight, recycled (second-grade waste) parachute fabric and other recycled components. The parachute fabric is tear-resistant, foldable and easy to pack. It’s treated with a PU coating developed by Porcher to be water-repellent; the finishing prevents droplets of water from soaking into the fabric under moderate rainfall conditions.
To protect against cold, the jacket is lined with a Primaloft® Gold insulation down blend, a combination of 30 percent ultrafine Primaloft Gold fibers and 70 percent water-repellent goose down for a superior warmth-to-weight ratio. The design protects against harsh conditions while remaining lightweight and breathable as well as insulating, even against damp or wet conditions. For more information, visit www.porcher-sport.com.