/ Dowm Jackets
Doing a Alpine Intro Course and Mont Blanc Extension in september and wondering would i need a down jacket and if so any advise on the most suitable .
I like the look of the Mountain Hard Wear jackets that appear at the top of the page from time to time.
Available in a rainbow of colours.
A down jacket is a good investment and you'll be glad of it on your trip. The Rab one above looks good.
Rab neutrino endurance, best of both words
Well worth having, such a pleasure not to be cold! On the other hand avoid getting pissed when you're wearing it and falling onto a barbed wire fence as a mate of mine did staggering back from the pub in Glencoe :-)
At least we could all see where he'd bin the next morning.
I have a Montane Prism 2.0, which isn't down, but it's cheap, light and warm. Also it's warm when wet. Which isn't the case with down.
You'll find that a lot of the time you're actually very warm. I find that I can get away with a baselayer and a softshell in the Alps. So if you do get a down jacket, make sure it's a light one.
Rab sell a lightweight alpine down jacket:
Patagonia also sell a 'down sweater'
However I'd strongly advise that you get a good softshell. If you don't have one then ArcTeryx sell a really good climbing shell. Very expensive, but highly rated. This would be the best thing really:
Unlikely to need a down jacket, the course provider will let you know. Assuming you will also be using the jacket in the UK I would consider a Primaloft 1 jacket instead. For example ME Fitzroy
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