/ GROUP TEST: Lightweight Down Jackets
No Jottnar Fenrir? Ideal specification for this test.
One thing that's worth mentioning about the Arcteryx Cerium SL is it doesn't have a chest pocket. My beaten up old Rab Xenon which doesn't look nearly as good is far more practical for most things that I do. It's a shame because it is really well cut and looks great, if there was a pocket for my phone I'd use it a lot around town.
I know nothing about making jackets but is it really a problem to make one with a pocket that the jacket can stuff in? I have a rab down jacket that has the stuff sack which I'm obviously just going to lose. It fits in its own pocket so surely it's a case of having a slightly different zip. Or am I missing something?
They're changing their product line, although the Fenrir is still there but they've got other new products out to UKC for testing.
I don't think the jacket has changed much since https://www.ukclimbing.com/gear/clothing/down_insulation/jottnar_fenrir_down_jacket-6945 and mine is still going strong! Just washed it for the first time and it's fluffy, well - puffy, and clean again.
Or for £40
Had mine about 3years, couple holes. I have posher jackets but this one lives in my rucksack
> I know nothing about making jackets but is it really a problem to make one with a pocket that the jacket can stuff in? I have a rab down jacket that has the stuff sack which I'm obviously just going to lose. It fits in its own pocket so surely it's a case of having a slightly different zip. Or am I missing something?
You don't need a pocket or stuff bag. Too much faff on the hill anyway. You just roll it into the hood. Compresses better in your sack too.
Oh right, didn't realise I didn't need it. Thanks for letting me know .
Also a bit of a shame not to have any PHD jackets, since down is what they do best - though they are pretty pricey
Patagonia does some. The down sweater is good for everything besides harsh winter conditions and packs nicely into itself.
The winning jacket isn’t actually light though is it?
Above this thread, there's an advert for crux. A brand that isn't mentioned in the group test. Their halo and turbo jackets are sure competitors for this!
Halo is lighter, better fill power and only £10 more than the winning rab.
I think the reviewer missed a good one there. Just my two cents
I agree with this. The Halo jacket is almost 20% warmer, given its fill weight and fill power. Also, the Microlight is close to being 40% heavier! (my Halo is a bit heavier when compared to official specks, but still 100 grams lighter.)
I own the original Microlight, which I like because of its tougher exterior shell and slightly better fit for a medium build, but when weight, packed volume, and warmth are an issue, for long hikes or belaying, I take the Halo jacket .
As a general question, how warm are these, say compared to a 60 GSM primaloft top?
I have synthetic insulation layers and can never quite work out how these light down jackets fit in for UK use.
But what about “insert brand name here”. I have their jacket and really like it.
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