/ Lightweight Down Jackets
Has anyone used or have either the Patagonia Ultralight Hoody jacket or the Rab Microlight Alpine Jacket? How do they wear, warmth etc? Thanks for any replies.
It is thanks Richard
If you want to save money, consider the Uniqlo ultralight down jackets. I got the non-hooded one for 50 or 60 quid at Christmas and it is amazingly light. The hooded ones look just like the the Pata and RAB versions, I might get a hooded one sized to go over my current one for next winter.
The uniqlo ones have a higher quality of down in them it seems to the other cheaper micro baffled jackets you seen in other big sports chains, so they pack down to nothing and you don't get feathers pushing through like happens with cheaper down/feather mixes.
Thanks for that TobyA,
Do the Uniqlo have a good fit for someone slim? Where do they sell them?
uniqlo are about e600 fill down and slim fit (unless they resize for os markets???).
quite nice, especially now they use YKK zips (the previous weakness).
id go with them if youre doing less than about 15 days out in winter, and at 1/5 the price of anything from the big names you can afford to trash them.
good point re the source of the down tho. at that price id wonder about it...
Which is also useless if wet.
Nothing wrong with a thin down layer for when it gets a bit nippy its always the smallest lightest option whatever the temp range. If its gonna piss it down wear fleece or buffalo or stay in the valley posing
On a budget: Montane Prism.
Ultimate comfort: Arcteryx Atom LT
Primaloft is just better than down in the wet its not a magic bullet.
I've had a RAB microlight alpine for the past 8 months. To begin with I loved it (and still do actually!) but it's isn't very hard wearing if you're going to use it a lot. I do look after my gear, but it is not full of small holes and I've had to replace the zip on it twice.
I'm afraid I have no experience of the Patagonia jacket for comparision I'm afraid.
> Primaloft is just better than down in the wet its not a magic bullet.
I would be interested to see some numbers on performance, my personal experience is that in conditions that would reduce down to 0% of dry performance, primaloft is still offering 70-80%.
don't get it wet is another approach.
The very reason that it doesn't stuff well is one of the main reasons sleeping bags use it on the bottom - so it doesn't compress.
There are much better synthetic fills than Primaloft too. Thermic Micro by Mountain Hardware is my favorite.
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