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Microlight Alpine montage  © Rob Greenwood

Rab Microlight Alpine jacket - Men's and Women's

Made using recycled fabrics and P.U.R.E recycled hydrophobic down, the new Microlight Alpine is an ethically sound upgrade to an established class act. Rob Greenwood and Penny Orr conduct a his-n-hers review.


Latest Reviews

These are reviews from the UKH editorial team

Helium Down 3x2  © UKC Gear

Outdoor Research Helium Down Hoodie

An 800-fill light-to-midweight jacket that packs down surprisingly small, the Helium Down Hoodie is durable and warm for its weight, says Theo Moore, making it equally ideal for chilly belays and lightweight backpacking.

The Fenrir on a chilly day in the Peak District   © Toby Archer
The Fenrir on a chilly day in the Peak District   © Toby Archer

Jottnar Fenrir Jacket

A revised model launched late 2019, the Fenrir is an excellent mid-weight down jacket for general outdoor use, reckons Toby Archer, boasting several improvements over its predecessor.

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

Women's down jackets thumbnail  © UKC Gear
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...

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...

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...

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...


Latest News

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Point 5 Thumbnail  © Point 5 Clothing

Point 5 Technical Down Jacket

A well thought out, practical active wear jacket. Perfect for walking, belaying, climbing and skiing.

Apex 8000 logo  © Montane
Apex 8000 logo  © Montane

Montane Apex 8000 Down Suit, Jacket and Salopettes

Montane, the global outdoor brand known for its innovative, breathable clothing for extreme environments, has developed a two-piece expedition specific down jacket and salopettes named Apex 8000, offering unsurpassed functionality for...

Helium Down 3x2  © UKC Gear
Helium Down 3x2  © UKC Gear

New for AW'20: The Outdoor Research Helium Down Hooded Jacket

The Helium Down Hooded Jacket from Outdoor Research infuses ultra-durable Pertex Diamond Fuse fabrics into the lightweight down jacket category, adding several degrees of durability along with added weather protection to...

The Jöttnar Down Collection

Providing lightweight warmth is the primary function of a down jacket. With unrivalled ability to trap and retain body heat,...

Men's Fantom Lifestyle  © Alpkit
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...

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...

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...


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