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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

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 the Wylam Brewery in Newcastle. The day also acted as a launch for Primaloft, who were celebrating one of the very first launches...

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...

Fenrir Review  © UKC Gear
Fenrir Review  © UKC Gear

Fenrir Women's Down Jacket

Fenrir means 'he who dwells in the marshes' in old Norse... Although marshes aren't the first environment I'd associate...


Latest News

These are annoucements direct from manufacturers

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 weather protection. Water rolls off the jacket thanks to the Pertex® Quantum material. Its down and feather filling keeps you...

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. Harnessing years of experience in the mountains, this winter the innovation continues as we carry out an extensive revision to both our...

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...

The Men's Summit L6 Down Belay Parka in Antarctica  © The North Face
The Men's Summit L6 Down Belay Parka in Antarctica  © The North Face

The North Face Summit L6 Belay Down Parka

Staying warm and dry during belays can make the difference between success and failure. Designed for long, cold...

Microlight Summit 1  © Rab
Microlight Summit 1  © Rab

10 Years On - Meet the new Microlight.

The Rab Microlight Jacket first entered our lives over a decade ago. Since its creation we've refined this iconic...


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