Mountain Hardwear Phantom

This duvet jacket’ s big advantage over most others is its 446g weight. It’s also very warm. The insulation is provided by top-quality down. The outer shell is very thin, which reduces weight greatly. Like most duvets you get two zipped pockets, an internal pocket, a chest pocket and a stuffsack . The collar gets microfleece lining around the chin area. A valuable addition is a drawcord across the back of the waist to help keep draughts out. This is an ideal duvet for those who want a very lightweight warm layer for carrying regularly in the rucksack and whipping out occasionally to take the chill of a winter camp or summit sunset gazing session. Highly recommended. But a removable hood would be a useful addition for winter camping and sitting on winter summits, as would a  fully lined fleece collar.  The outer fabric of some other jackets is slightly more durable, particularly on the shoulders and elbows too. But these extra features would all add weight of course and you may be able to live without these frills. So if weight is your priority then these drawbacks can probably be tolerated. The price is perhaps not quite as competitive as it could be.

 

Outer: Superlight 15D with 3m hydrostatic head
Inner: Superlight 15D
insulation: 800 fill power goose down
Sizes: S-XL (men’s); 6-16 (women’s)
Weight: 446g (men’s size L)
Made in China
Stores in UK: England 40; Wales 5; Scotland 8; Ireland 2

Verdict: Buy it if you want a simple, no-frills design that is very lightweight as well as being very warm and reasonably featured for taking regularly to the winter hills.