GoLite Buzz Jacket

At £100 and 442g this insulated jacket competes with a number of similar garments and there is very little to choose between them all. The Buzz uses Primaloft insulation, like many others. The shell feels very soft to the touch, making it ideal for casual as well as hill use. The jacket stuffs into the chest pocket, which saves having stuffsack (which weighs extra and can be lost). Unusually, you get Powerstretch under the armpits (this harms breathability in that area but improves articulation of the sleeves). The elasticated cuffs are also very comfy. A hem drawcord keeps the draughts out. There is an internal map-sized zipped pocket plus two map-sized zipped hip pockets, and the whole bundle feels comfortable to wear. This is a great lightweight insulating layer to be used year-round as a back-up layer when walking or camping. But There is no collar adjustment, no cuff adjustment and no fleece lining in the collar, no hood and no reinforced areas. So this is a basic design that provides a little extra warmth when you need it on the hill.

 

Outer: 40D ripstop nylon with DWR
Inner: polyester ripstop
Insulation: 60g Primaloft
Colours: night, mad red, blue fog, cola (men’s); lavender, cola, flamingo, cloud (women’s)
Sizes: S-XL (men’s); XS-L (women’s)
Weight: 442g (size L)
Made in Vietnam
Stores in UK: England 14; Wales 1; Scotland 2; Ireland 2

Verdict: If you want a good insulating layer and don’t need the finer details of some designs this is the best of its type.