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Lightweight Down Jackets

Whether you're climbing, camping or walking - or even just out in town - a light and packable down jacket is a versatile layer year-round. We compare 10 options.


Latest Reviews

These are reviews from the UKH editorial team

Petzl TIKKID Children's Headtorch

With its kid-friendly features, the TIKKID is ideal for younger users. Just don't expect to see far with it, says Dan Bailey

MSR Trail Base Water Filter Kit

Toby Archer looks at this versatile water filtering system. Does he overcome his initial scepticism of the price?

Outdoor Research Helium II Jacket

The Helium II jacket is well named. This ultralight shell is ideal for weight conscious activities like running, lightweight walking and backpacking, or for throwing in your crag pack just in case, says Theo Moore.

MSR DynaLock Ascent Carbon Poles

Tough, compact and light, this new model from MSR is an excellent pole for the money, says Alan James - and you don't have to be...

Lowe Alpine Altus 42 Pack

Sturdy, comfy and built for big loads, the Altus might not be light but it is likeable says Dan Bailey

MSR Elixir 1 Tent

"It might not be light but I think the Elixir 1 is bloody great" says Toby Archer, "a clever, tough and spacious solo tent that doesn't cost...

Macpac Sololight 1-Person Tent

It might not be spacious, but this tent packs a performance punch for its minimal weight. What works in New Zealand also seems well...


Latest News

These are annoucements direct from manufacturers

Winter adventures are easy with the Abisko Hike Backpack from Fjӓllrӓven

More than 50 years ago, Fjӓllrӓven revolutionised the outdoor backpack with the introduction of its very first framed rucksack. Half a century of innovation later, the Swedish expert's current range of packs includes a range of models perfect for winter expeditions. Packed full of Fjӓllrӓven's DNA, the collection combines durable and functional designs with ergonomically developed back-systems that offer ultimate carrying comfort.

Gear up for Christmas with Primus

If you're struggling to find the perfect present for the outdoor-lover in your life, look no further than Primus' latest collection of festive gifts and stocking fillers. From high-specification flasks to nifty knives and gadgets, the Scandinavian...

New Contemporary Designs and Colours from Bridgedale for AW'18

Autumn 18 sees the introduction of bright, fresh new colours and designs into Bridgedale's HIKE Merino Performance category. There is NO compromise in performance just a different look - in keeping with current trends.

Trekking in Tajikistan by Cicerone Press

Step into another world, a land of soaring peaks and wild valleys, criss-crossed by a network of centuries-old...

Exposure Lights launch new HT1000 & HT500 Head Torches

Exposure Lights will be a new name to many, but the introduction of their HT1000 and HT500 Head...

Montane Winter Range Overview

Highlights of Montanes Winter Range, including innovative new insulation, shell, and mid-layers.

The New Osprey Mutant: Your Partner in Climb

Drawing on four decades of knowledge, expertise and innovation, Osprey's Fall 2018 season is Built on...


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