This is a classic down mid-layer-style of jacket. There’s no hood so it won’t keep your head warm, but it does mean the down is less likely to get wet in a wintry shower. It has a shortish cut, built to fit under a shell layer. The lightweight Pertex shell fabric offers some water resistance, although it can’t be relied on when it’s raining properly.
Its lightweight threading does make it breathable, though, and as such although the jacket is warm inside, it isn’t sweaty. It’s so lightweight that you can see some of the darker strips of down filling through the fabric, so it can look a bit flimsy even though it isn’t. In terms of warmth-to-weight, this is the warmest of the jackets on test.
Women’s version: Yes
Fabric: Pertex 10D Fill: Natural 900-fill goose down
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Review from Country Walking magazine, February 2012.