The Karrimor Sub Zero is a great all-rounder thanks to its features, which are well-designed. It is a midweight jacket with a good amount of down to ensure it is warm enough for general winter camping and resting on summits. The shell is nylon with very good water resistance, so you don’t have to panic as much about keeping dampness away from this jacket as others demand, which just makes life easier in a condensation-riddled tent. Put it on and the two hip pockets are a good size; but others are slightly bigger and higher on the body, so they are not perfect. The Karrimor Sub Zero’s cuffs have Velcro adjustment so you can trap warm air inside and lock out cold. The hood cannot be removed, which some may feel is a drawback; but put it up and it fits well and moves well with the head, thanks to a volume adjuster at the rear and a pair of drawcords. It has a wired peak too. The drawcords hang down, though, which is not ideal as they may blow about in wind and strike your face. Also there is no soft brushed lining around the chin. The body of the Karrimor Sub Zero is a bit shorter than others too.
Insulation 750+ fill power 90/10 down
Weight 684g (size L)
Men’s sizes S-XXL
Women’s sizes 8-14
It is not perfect in every way but the Karrimor Sub Zero does provide a good general performance for hillwalkers and campers looking for winter warmth.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine February 2013