/ Down or primaloft
Since it would normally be under my hardshell is down okay or should it be primaloft like a belay jacket?
Can anyone recommend a primaloft one if that is what is required, brightly coloured if at all possible.
Are you talking for active use? If you can keep down dry, then it's nice. However, in Scotland for all round use, it has to be primaloft or equivalent IMO. Down is too risky and impractical, but I am biased as I've got wet so many times! Rab generator vest is my favourite primaloft, and Paramo Torres one for equivalent. Both in black I'm afraid :-)!
Yep for active use, extra warmth on cold Scotish days.
If wearing under a hardshell then I say that primaloft/synthetic would be better. Couple of reasons-
The synthetic is lower bulk and feels less cumbersome. The hardshell may also compress the down more reducing it's effectiveness.
Synthetic copes far better with the inevitable moisture generated.
I can only recommend the Haglofs Barrier vest as it's the only one I have. I had a PHD down vest and ended up selling it for all the above reasons.
> Yep for active use, extra warmth on cold Scotish days.
Think its going to be a nano puff vest, looks like it fits the bill and packs down small.
I wasn't too impressed by the fit of the nano puff vest/pullover, very short and 'boxy'. Definitely worth trying on before ordering over the net, the haglofs and arcteryx equivalents might be worth a look as they have a similar price and perhaps a better fit.
If I could easily try it on before hand I would, going to have to risk it.
Before I place an order does anyone know if the material is hard enough to withstand having pack straps and the like on it? The Rab equivalent has been discounted because of this (going by the Needlesports description that is).
I've been wearing the Rab Generator regularly with a pack on for nearly 2yrs now and it's holding up fine.
Primaloft is brilliant.
I climbed a freezing Scottish mountain today ,in serious wind chill ,and all I had on, as usual, was a Montane Prism jacket with an old football top underneath.
Hugely impressed with the jacket.and it was only £90
oh and for a gilet;
going by the Marmot Baffin jacket I have ,the vest version should be more than adequate.
I have nano-puff vest (think that is what you are commenting on here)and it is great under a hardsoft shell. Warm, light and compacts well. Wore it on 2 ice climbing trips this year and it worked well.
I haven't had pack straps etc directly on it (ie without a shell on top) and if that is how you want to use it the material might suffer. But I dont think that is what it is designed for.
I wouldn't wear it directly on the pack much but more on multi pitches where the 2nd has the bag type scenario. Think I'll try.
as said patagonia nano puff and rab generator vest, but also look at montane prism vest, tnf redpoint vest, marmot variant vest as other options
or if you want something that manages moisture better then you could look at fleece, maybe a powerstretch vest?
i often use a down gillet whilst rock climbing durimg the winter... brilliant piece of kit and really get my money's worth from it
ME do bright colours.. mine's bright blue with orange zips and inside..
my other half uses a haglofs down gillet because she likes the colour.. (women) it's bright lime green
my partner uses a rab extreme.. that performed well when we were benighted... has a more durable pertex and reinforced elbows ans shoulders but is hude even when stuffed ina compression sack
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