This insulated jacket is very light at just 300g (including a 10g stuffsack), and so it is ideal for carrying all year round as an extra back-up layer or to slip on when you have a rest on a cold hill. It is a smock design to save weight, with just one zipped pocket, which is positioned on the chest and is large enough to take a map. There is a second tunnel handwarmer pocket across the hips. To keep draughts out you get a hem drawcord and elasticated cuffs. The design is simple and frill-free, which is why it is so light. That is all you need if you just want something to throw on occasionally partway up a hill or as an extra warm layer year-round. But there is no collar adjustment, no cuff adjustment, no hood, no zips on the tunnel pocket and it’s a smock rather than a jacket. The shell fabric does not feel as durable as heavier jackets either. All that does not detract from its performance as a warm layer, but it does mean that it doesn’t offer the niceties and useful design features of other jackets. For many this jacket has enough, but for others more features will be wanted. For what you get it is a relatively high price too. It didn’t feel quite as warm as some others either.
Outer: Pertex Quantum nylon ripstop
Inner: Pertex Quantum nylon ripstop
Colours: gunmetal, graphite
Weight: 300g, inc 10g stuffsack (size L)
Made in China
Stores in UK: no info provided
Verdict: Buy it if you want a super-lightweight, no-frills warm layer for back-up year-round as this is ideal, but others have the edge for regular use.