/ NEW REVIEW: Synthetic Insulated Jackets
Here follows a look at a few popular ones currently available in the circa £150 price bracket...
Read more at http://www.ukclimbing.com/gear/review.php?id=3251
Really? All those jackets have male equivalents don't they? Colour and fit are pretty irrelevant parts of a review (we all have different body shapes and preferences) so what counts is how well the jacket works.
Unfortunately they seem to have stopped making it :( Replaced with the Barrier pullover which looks similar, but is a different beast at 370g.
I use one from Alpkit it was a colab project when I got it, did it ever go production? Its an awesome jacket and only cost me about £40!
I use a North Face Zephyrus, which seems to fall into a similar catagory, but slightly lighter.
Really nice, if expensive, top. Wear it a lot on the mountain bike in winter and climbing when it's breezy. Packs into it's own pocket so will come in handy for multi pitch belays.
A general point though, is that these garments are significantly less breathable than a standard fleece and don't work as well when layering. If you intennd to have a shell on top, then stick with a fleece.
I use a combination of a Outdoor Research Fraction hoody and a haglofs Barrier vest.
Together they're warm enough for all my Scottish Winter needs and offer a lot more versatility than a standard belay jacket but weigh pretty much the same if not less than most.
Really good review by the way Sarah. Keep up the good work!
Odd timing for this review, as winter nears its end... Surely it would have been more useful several months ago?
> Read more at http://www.ukclimbing.com/gear/review.php?id=3251
I bought a Mountain Equipment Primaloft belay jacket this winter and it seems to do a perfectly adequate job.
However the most important factor in buying synthetic jackets is that no animals are abused in their production which is more that can be said for down clothing. Apparently plucking of live birds is practiced by some down suppliers, which as one can imagine is extremely painful and stressful for the birds. Wouldn't it be great to end the abuse and slaughter of all factory farmed ducks and geese. Choose synthetic over down clothing !
Sounds like the subject would make an informative and worthwhile article Sarah ?
I don't wish to trivialise the abuse of down-providing birds, but it seems to be possible to favour brands that at least proscribe the use of live-plucked down (Rab and PHD, for example, both state that they don't use 'abusive' down) rather than having to avoid down altogether. It's still a better insulator than the synthetic alternatives, after all, and there's arguably an ethical case against using petroleum-derived materials.
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