Alpkit Filo (2014)

Alpkit gear is only available directly from the manufacturer, but the price is stunning for what you get. The Filo is very warm thanks to a good amount of good-quality down, which is packed into a shell made of ripstop nylon with a water-resistant treatment. The detachable hood benefits from a wired peak, but there’s no volume adjuster and it can’t fit over a helmet. So the Alpkit Filo is a jacket for those who need a warm top for camping and watching sunsets from summits, rather than for sitting on belays while mountaineering. The sleeve cuffs don’t get Velcro adjustment either, so it’s worth checking the cuffs are a close fit. You also don’t get a brushed chinguard at the top of the zip to make this area just that little more comfy. There are two external, and one internal, zipped pockets, but they aren’t as large as on higher-priced jackets. So the Alpkit Filo lacks some of the finer details of costlier options, but if you’re on a budget and need good insulation when camping it’s a winner.

Outer 30d micro ripstop nylon with DWR
Insulation 650+ fill power 90/10 down
Weight 694g (size L)
Men’s sizes S-XL
Women’s sizes 10-14
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Verdict

The Alpkit Filo was the best-value down jacket in our test.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine February 2014