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Down Jackets

In this group review we test out a range of down jackets. Our review brief was to test 'standard mid-weight down jackets that are suitable for a range of uses for the British climber'. What we wanted was a do-everything jacket - the kind that virtually every UK climber needs, one that keeps you warm in between routes on a cold day o...


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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 the Wylam Brewery in Newcastle. The day also acted as a launch for Primaloft, who were celebrating one of the very first launches of a product to feature their innovative ThermoPlume technology, which achieves a level of warmth akin to 550 fill power down. Seeing as both these products were included within our highly sought after Top 10 Products from the ISPO Trade Show, we were keen to hear a little more about them.

Montane Quattro Fusion Jacket

Dan Bailey's curiosity is piqued by a left-field hybrid of down and fleece. It won't be for everyone, he says, but in its niche the Quattro Fusion performs well.

Berghaus Ramche 2.0 Down Jacket

With its tailored fit, waterproof high fill power down and ultralight fabric, the Ramche 2.0 gives you tons of warmth for not much weight, raves a very toasty Dan Bailey...

Women's Diode Hooded Jacket

Bridget Collier reviews the Outdoor Research Women's Diode Hooded Jacket... "I got raised eyebrows from my nearest and...

Fenrir Women's Down Jacket

Fenrir means 'he who dwells in the marshes' in old Norse... Although marshes aren't the first environment I'd associate...

Rab Electron Down Jacket

Rab have been synonymous with down products ever since they were founded back in the 1980s, here's how one of their latest products - the...

Alpkit Filoment

Alex Lowe famously said “the best climber is the one having the most fun”. Over the years I have come to agree with this statement, but would...


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PHD - Summer Lightning Collection 2018

It's the time of year for Summer Lightning: in May and June, ultralight down specialists PHD showcase their newest innovations in lightweight sleeping bags and clothing. For 2018, the focus is on two factors: taking the lightest gear to the absolute limits of what is possible, and increasing its flexibility. And if you increase flexibility, you need less kit…and your pack becomes lighter still.

Arc'teryx Cerium SL Hoody

Superlight, exceptionally packable down insulation. Designed for cool, dry conditions, rest phases, and static activities. The Cerium SL Hoody is the go-to layer for mountaineering, fastpacking or any summer activity where weight is a factor. So compact...

Rab: Scottish winter gear highlights

Winter certainly has its challenges. As we transition from cursing the cold, wet weather to dreaming of white, icy mountains and bluebird skies, our eyes look north to Scotland and the up and coming season. But Scottish Winter is a fickle monster,...

New Eiger Range Launch

From high alpine expeditions to ski tours and ice climbing – the new Eiger Extreme collection offers the perfect product system for...

PHD's Summer Lightning Collection 2017

PHD's 'Summer Lightning' Collection, released in May & June each year, focuses - for a brief period - on their new...

Is your down jacket getting wet and leaving you cold?

Ever gone out wearing your favourite down jacket, got caught in the rain and ended up feeling wet and...

NEW Alpkit Filoment Hoody with water resistant Nikwax Hydrophobic Down

Love your down jacket but wish you could wear it in the rain?  Well thanks to Nikwax...


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