Alpkit Filo (2013)

Like all Alpkit gear the price of the Filo is outstanding, yet it also manages to pack in great performance that almost matches the best on test. The Filo has won a ‘Best Value’ award before from Trail, and it remains an excellent option for the price-conscious. It’s very warm thanks to a good amount of good-quality down, and this is well-protected by a water-resistant shell (though this does not shed water as well as some higher-priced options). The removable hood benefits from a wired peak but there is no volume adjuster and it cannot fit over a helmet as some higher-priced examples are able to. The sleeve cuffs are elasticated but you don’t get Velcro adjustment as provided by others, so it is worth checking the cuffs are a close fit, otherwise draughts could enter. Also you don’t get a brushed chinguard at the top of the zip to make this area just that little bit comfier on a freezing cold day. There is an inside pocket in the Alpkit Filo but it is not the largest; and the two lower pockets are zipped – but again they are not the biggest available.

Outer 30d micro-ripstop nylon with DWR
Insulation 650+ fill power 90/10 down
Weight 671g (size M)
Men’s sizes S-XL
Women’s sizes 8-14
Website www.alpkit.com

 

Verdict

If your budget won’t extend to the higher-priced options then the Alpkit Filo is a great alternative, and for most walkers in the UK it is perfectly adequate while being better than some higher priced options.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine February 2013