PHD Minimus Down jacket: K Series (2017)

Features

The low weight sets the PHD Minimus Down jacket: K Series apart from , but it is still reasonably warm thanks to the use of 1000 fill power down. You also get stretch panels in the sides of the jacket to hold the down closer, which will increase its warmth. The outer is a thin 10 denier water-resistant fabric to reduce weight and bulk. The hood is removable but has no drawcord adjustment. There are three zipped pockets. 4/5

Fit

The only sizes are XS-XL with no women’s option. The hood just has face elastication and is not helmet-compatible. It fitted me okay but did not move with my head even when fully fastened. The cuffs have no adjustment apart from elastication, and on me they were not a close enough fit. The body was a little shorter than others, with no hem drawcord. 3/5

Comfort

The PHD Minimus Down jacket: K Series is warmer than some others at this price, but the hood does not fit well or move well with the head so the comfort provided is not ideal. The cuffs and hem have no adjustment so these areas could be chilly, which again limits comfort. The big benefit here is the warmth for the weight, which makes this practical for the hill even if it’s not perfect in terms of comfort. 3/5

In use

The PHD Minimus Down jacket: K Series is a practical top that I would happily throw in my pack, as it is very light yet still warm. The hood is annoying, but if you’re just sitting about its lack of movement is tolerable. The hem and the cuff fit are not great, though, and the wide fit of the sleeves is not as neat as more stylish designs. The ‘crispy’ sound of the outer fabric is a bit irritating, but it is a practical material. 4/5

Value

Compared to other jackets costing the same the benefit is warmth for the weight, but others at this price have additional benefits. 3/5

Verdict

It is the warmth-to-weight ratio that sets this jacket apart from others, but niggly details make it a considered purchase. 3.4/5

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine February 2017