Which insulated jacket?

Discussion in 'Clothing & Footwear' started by Andrew Rushton, Apr 23, 2018.

  1. Andrew Rushton

    Andrew Rushton Summit Camper

    Any thoughts on decent insulated jackets available? Must be lightweight, warm and if possible be slightly water repellent. I’ve considered the Patagonia micro puff but read that it’s not really very warm compared with other jackets.
  2. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    My Berghaus VapourLight Hypertherm is very good, probably my best purchase of last year. Weighs very little, packs nicely and really keeps you much warmer than you'd think.

    I also like my old Montane Fireball smock which is probably due for replacement soon.

    I've kind of steered away from down clothing outside of winter now, I think having a synthetic warm layer is more useful if the weather does turn miserable and wet, I don't mind wearing synthetic to hike in if needed.
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  3. Andrew Rushton

    Andrew Rushton Summit Camper

    I’ll take a look at those thankyou. That’s why I’m considering the Patagonia micropuff as it’s synthetic fill but ridiculously lightweight. I’ve just read that it’s not as warm as some jackets albeit they are heavier
  4. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    How warm do you want? I love my hypertherm, if its really cold I rate my omm mountain raid ~400g so a step up in weight but much warmer than a ghost whisperer and you can actually walk in it as it moves sweat. Rab photon looks really good, but I got a good deal and wanted something a bit warmer.
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  5. Dave V

    Dave V Moderator Staff Member

    +1 for the Hypertherm here too. Love mine, great bit of kit and has been in my bag on every outing since getting it.
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  6. Andrew Rushton

    Andrew Rushton Summit Camper

    I’ll check them both out thanks Enzo. The omm sounds ideal.
  7. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    FYI the fabric is very lightweight to get a hooded 100g/m primaloft jacket at 400g, the fill on mine is showing through the inner, doesn't bother me but thought you should know 15245166380401132892897.jpg
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  8. craige

    craige Thru Hiker

    I've been pretty impressed with the Berghaus Extrem Reversa jacket. 80gsm synthetic vs the usual 40gsm stuff but it's around 350g in large.
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  9. benp1

    benp1 Trail Blazer

    berghaus hyperthem here too, hoody version. sold my fireball smock once i'd acquired that. I love it, very light and warmer than you might imagine.

    I tend to team it up a synthetic fill vest for versatility (e.g. rab strata vest)
  10. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    I've got two of the smocks, after a hoody
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  11. andreostergard

    andreostergard Trail Blazer

    I've had the Patagonia Nano Puff jacket for about 8 years and still going strong.
    It's quite warm, not as their down-series but warmth to weight ratio - really good.
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  12. Charlie83

    Charlie83 Section Hiker

    Ive had one about the same length of time, have on occasion found it a bit warm, wore it a lot initially but not so much these days as I tend to favour their down jackets for varying reasons.

    A site I've picked up a lot of bargains on is selling a S and L yellow one for 78 quid and free P&P just now, it was £44 at the weekend in a promotion but has gone back up yesterday, they also have some down shirts at the same price (YOOX in Italy if anyone wants, 100% sound site, they often do extra discount days)
  13. Ian Barton

    Ian Barton Summit Camper

    My two favorites are my Rab Generator pull on and Montane Prism Jacket.
  14. ColinHawke

    ColinHawke Ultralighter

    I’ve got 3 Montane Prism jackets - bought two spares just in case. I love them.
  15. Daymoth

    Daymoth Section Hiker

    I have a nice down fluffy parka for winter camping and summer overnights at high altitudes but nothing for wet british 3 season weather.
    Really tempted about the Montane prism. In what conditions do you use them? Is it more for active use instead of a fleece or for layering when in camp?
  16. ColinHawke

    ColinHawke Ultralighter

    It’s active wear for me - some may think it’s a bit heavy for the insulation - but if that’s the only criteria they use then in my opinion they are missing the point. If I have a minimal base layer then the Prism just works for me in some quite cold conditions. It’s wind proof and has just enough insulation but thin enough that it can be used as a mid layer in cold conditions. Also it has a great hood and huge pockets. So not really a cold camp jacket but I’ll layer it will something else if I’m sitting around. I was wearing one today walking the SW coastal path with just a thin base layer and it was great. Mine are the older style - they look like they have changed the design a bit ..
    Last edited: Apr 30, 2018
  17. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    My rab xenon x could be your huckleberry ;)
  18. Imperial Dave

    Imperial Dave Section Hiker

    Prism is a very good piece of kit
  19. Balagan

    Balagan Thru Hiker

    Rab Xenon is a great piece of kit, too. Shame they moved the chest pocket inside on the newer model.
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  20. Imperial Dave

    Imperial Dave Section Hiker

    Which reminds me. I must get a replacment prism as my old one is 10 years old and falling apart
  21. ColinHawke

    ColinHawke Ultralighter

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    I’m not using my spares until my first one is more patches than jacket .. not long now ;)
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  22. Imperial Dave

    Imperial Dave Section Hiker

    I have pockets that reach around the back of the jacket now :D
  23. Henry

    Henry Ultralighter

    Looking to buy a Berghaus hypertherm and it looks like they’ve stopped making them.

    Anyone know anything about this or if there’s a close replacement?
  24. el manana

    el manana Thru Hiker

    They don't make them anymore. The Berghaus outlet at Dalton Park had a supply a while back which didn't seem to be shifting fast, I doubt they mail order though.
  25. Rmr

    Rmr Section Hiker

    +1 For the Prism, everything about it was just what I was looking for when purchased 2 years ago,not been disappointed.

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