Mountain Hardwear Compressor PL Jacket

This insulated jacket tips the scales at only 420g, and for my money it is the best lightweight option if you value a few features as well as a low weight. It gets a chamois-lined chinguard, which is just the job in winter. To keep draughts out you get front zip has a baffle on the inside, plus a hem drawcord, neck drawcord and adjustable cuffs, which is more than most jackets of this type have. The two zipped hip pockets take a map and have fleece linings. The fit of the sleeves is particularly good compared to most others w looked at. All that for £110 is a good option and if you don’t want a hood I’d say this is the best option and it’s ideal for taking on the hill. But there is no stuffsack. So I stuffed it into one of the pockets (although it is not designed to do this, which is a trick missed by the manufacturer). There is no hood and no reinforced areas, though most comparable jackets have similar drawbacks. The fabric is a bit more rustly than some other jackets, which will niggle those looking for a jacket for wearing down the pub rather than in a tent.


Outer: 15D nylon
Inner: 20D nylon
Insulation: Primaloft
Sizes: S-XL (men’s); 6-16 (women’s)
Weight: 420g (size L)
Made in China
Stores in UK: England 25; Wales 3; Scotland 5; Ireland 1

Verdict: If you don’t want a hood but do want a lightweight insulated jacket with practical features for the hill this is ideal.