If you feel the chill or have some serious cold-weather mountaineering planned then the PHD Minimus Down Vest is the right gilet for you. It uses high-quality 800 fill power down to deliver extreme warmth despite weighing a tiny 240g (size M). It also packs down seriously small, so it’s perfect for stashing in your pack for chilly lunch stops and emergencies – although bear in mind that the down will quickly lose its insulating properties if it gets soaked in wet weather.
A unique thing about this vest is that it’s custom-made to order, allowing you a choice of outer fabric. If you need to stave off poor conditions you can opt for the wind- and water-resistant Drishell fabric; or if you’re into weight saving, you can go for featherlight MX Outer instead.
On either finish, standard features on the PHD Minimus Down Vest include a brushed fleece collar to improve comfort around the neck, two handwarmer pockets and a handy inner security pocket for your phone, keys or wallet.
Size XS-XL (men’s)
Weight 240g (size M)
Outer fabric nylon
Insulation very high
Water resistance low-medium
Wind resistance medium-high
Pockets 3 (1 inner)
The PHD Minimus Down Vest is best for warmth.
First published in Trail magazine September 2011