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Featured Group Test

Women's down jackets thumbnail  © UKC Gear

Group Test Women's Midweight Down Jackets

Ten women's down jackets from leading brands go head-to-head in this comprehensive group test. What does 'midweight' even mean? And by that definition, which models stand out? All will be revealed...


Latest Reviews

These are reviews from the UKH editorial team

Testing the Super DS Climb Jacket on a breezy Skye evening  © Dan Bailey

Mountain Hardwear Super DS Climb Jacket

This hybrid jacket combines both down and synthetic insulation, and boasts an interesting woven baffle construction. But is it a climbing jacket or something more general purpose? Neither Dan Bailey nor Mountain Hardwear really seem to know.

It's a super-snug belay refuge  © Dave Saunders
It's a super-snug belay refuge  © Dave Saunders

The North Face Summit L6 Down Belay Parka

It's way more jacket than most of us need, but if you're after a duvet for somewhere seriously cold then the Down Belay Parka would be a decent choice, says Dan Bailey

Lightweight down jackets montage  © UKC Gear
Lightweight down jackets montage  © UKC Gear

Group Test 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.

Montane and Primaloft ThermoPlume Synthetic Down - Winner of the UKC Top 10 Award at ISPO 2017  © UKC Gear
Montane and Primaloft ThermoPlume Synthetic Down - Winner of the UKC Top 10 Award at ISPO 2017  © UKC Gear

Sneak Preview: Montane Icarus and Phoenix Jacket

On 3rd October Montane held a launch for their key products for Autumn/Winter '17 - the Icarus and Phoenix - at...

Quattro Fusion montage  © Pegs Bailey
Quattro Fusion montage  © Pegs Bailey

Montane Quattro Fusion Jacket

Dan Bailey's curiosity is piqued by a left-field hybrid of down and fleece. It won't be for everyone, he says, but in its niche the...

Ramche 2.0 montage  © Alex Berry
Ramche 2.0 montage  © Alex Berry

Berghaus Ramche 2.0 Down Jacket

With its tailored fit, waterproof high fill power down and ultralight fabric, the Ramche 2.0 gives you tons of warmth for not much...

Bridget testing the Outdoor Research Diode Hooded Jacket  © Bridget Collier Collection
Bridget testing the Outdoor Research Diode Hooded Jacket  © Bridget Collier Collection

Women's Diode Hooded Jacket

Bridget Collier reviews the Outdoor Research Women's Diode Hooded Jacket... "I got raised eyebrows from my nearest and...


Latest News

These are annoucements direct from manufacturers

Men's Fantom Lifestyle  © Alpkit

Alpkit Fantom Down Jacket

Whether it's scaling alpine aretes, winter walking lunch stops, long belays in the shade, or just knocking about the tent after sundown, a toasty down jacket is your number one ally against the cold. 

BD Athlete Babsi Zangerl in the Vision Down Parka  © Andy Earl
BD Athlete Babsi Zangerl in the Vision Down Parka  © Andy Earl

Black Diamond Apparel: 3 jackets, 3 technologies

It's a big, cold world out there, and Black Diamond has got you covered. Through the same commitment to innovation and technology found in our shell-layers, BD delivers a comprehensive insulation collection built to withstand the rigors...

Montane Anti-freeze Jacket

New for this winter, the Anti-freeze is a versatile cold condition mid-layer and belay jacket. Light yet robust, packable yet warm, with easy to use technical features it is ideal for all manner of winter outdoor activities.

Broad Peak Pro Thumb  © Mammut
Broad Peak Pro Thumb  © Mammut

Mammut Broad Peak Pro Hooded Down Jacket

Reliable in the mountains: the Broad Peak Pro IN Hooded Jacket Men is an insulating jacket that offers you complete...

Parma Ham  © Rab
Parma Ham  © Rab

Rab: Update your insulation in time for winter

Rab are world leaders of insulation - we have spent decades perfecting the performance of our products....

New season down jackets

For this winter season we've been plumping up and reworking our down range of insulated jacket. Spawning and evolving from our very...

Montane Starlight Pull-On

Named after Montane Athlete Tom Ballard's now legendary 'Starlight and Storm' Expedition. A collaborative effort between Tom and...


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