Which insulated jacket?

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

  1. FOX160

    FOX160 Thru Hiker

  2. Ally

    Ally Ultralighter

  3. Noltae

    Noltae Summit Camper

    I've been unimpressed with my Ulvetanna - Even brand new it wetted out instantly and the down sections had virtually no loft .
  4. Nick

    Nick Backpacker

    Warmth to weight I think the Haglofs LIM Essens jacket is the warmest I've ever used.
  5. FOX160

    FOX160 Thru Hiker

    Never had that happen, did you not send it back?

    Bargain if new
  6. benp1

    benp1 Trail Blazer

    Still love my hypertherm. There aren't many jackets that have the same balance of weight, features and warmth.

    They're either warmer, heavier, or have things like wired peaks or similar that make them less packable. The fact they're reversible is a real bonus.

    Problem is they were expensive, I think RRP was £160. Which is a lot for a 40g synthetic fill jacket
  7. Henry

    Henry Ultralighter

    The real problem is you can’t get them any more! I’ve looked everywhere:(
  8. benp1

    benp1 Trail Blazer

    Keep an eye out on ebay, they come up every now and then. I've thought about buying another as a backup but I've had mine since 2017 and it's still going strong (despite much use)
  9. oreocereus

    oreocereus Thru Hiker

    In what conditions did it “wet out”?
  10. OneBeardedWalker

    OneBeardedWalker Trail Blazer

    It might be overkill for your needs but I got an Alpkit Apogee (https://www.alpkit.com/products/apogee-jacket-mens - currently on sale of £135) and I rate it very highly. Not the lightest at 540 g but with 100gsm Primaloft Gold (body), 80gsm (hood and arms) it keeps me warm.

    Hope that helps
  11. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    I've got the hypertherm smock. They are unbeatable for weight and pack size. I've moved to a RAB alpha cardie and windproof for the cooler months, twice the weight though.
  12. ZenTrekker

    ZenTrekker Section Hiker

    That's a +1 for the Montane Fireball smock. In colder weather I also take a lightweight CRUX down pullover for breaks and camp use. Layered together the Montane & Crux are really warm.
  13. PhilHo

    PhilHo Thru Hiker

    Helly Hansen have a Lifaloft Jacket that looks very similar to the micro puff. Wiggle currently have the hooded version for £80. I really like my Arcteryx Atom LT Hoody that I picked up recently for c£130. The price might have influenced the purchase. As a general point I have a couple of down jackets with no hood but for this I decided that a hood was worth the weight.
  14. Noltae

    Noltae Summit Camper

    My Ulvetanna wetted out in light rain - the was no visible beading - even with cheap garments one expects some degree of beading when brand new- but it's not a cheap jacket..I now use the jacket exclusively for brew stops on lowland day walks..
  15. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    Twice the functionality :thumbsup:
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  16. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    Yup nice to be able to remove the windproof layer and dump any sweat quickly through the alpha. Much warmer setup obviously with 120g/m.
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  17. oreocereus

    oreocereus Thru Hiker

    There isn’t any claim to being waterproof or ever water resistant in the product spiel though, so why would you expect it to be?

    That’s fairly standard for an insulation layer - reasonably breathable shell fabric (ie not waterproof) because it means you sweat less, and you put your rain shell on if you need rain protection.

    Of course, I don’t own the jacket, and only read the description On the link Fox posted earlier in the thread, so if it was advertised as waterproof then that’s pretty bad.
    Last edited: May 30, 2019
  18. FOX160

    FOX160 Thru Hiker

    Mines the complete opposite, in light rain it beads and drys very quickly and great within damp conditions, think you should send yours back for replacement.
  19. JKM

    JKM Thru Hiker

    Just noticed this Enzo, my OMM rotor vest did the same after a few days with a pack, I got a replacement sent out asap but I think the fabric is just too light to use with a pack.
  20. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    Star that burns twice as bright shines half as long!
    I like mine, goto winter insulation, at the rate i get out it'll last me years!
  21. Cranston

    Cranston Thru Hiker

  22. Mark James

    Mark James Backpacker

    I have a Patagonia Micropuff and I find it plenty warm enough - I do run quite warm anyway however. I can't walk in it at anything above freezing, or I sweat, so I keep it to wear when stopped or to put on in the evening. It is amazingly lightweight and compressible, which is the beauty of it. Hardly cheap though to be honest - it was very much a treat for me to spend so much on a jacket. Can't say I regret it in any way at all though.
  23. Taz38

    Taz38 Thru Hiker

    For the ladies; I have a berghaus extrem insulated jacket (no hood) which I got preloved and has been everywhere with me. I also sleep in it when cold. They pop up on lebay occasionally fairly cheap.
    Last edited: Jun 22, 2019
  24. L2viNkO8SP4

    L2viNkO8SP4 Backpacker

    I've got a first generation one of these. Used almost exclusively for my annual 2/3 week Alpine trips these past 5 years. Excellent warmth at 180 gms.
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  25. WilliamC

    WilliamC Thru Hiker

    It would appear that Rab is updating the Xenon. UOG has the new womens version in stock, though strangely it doesn't appear on the Rab website, as far as I can tell. The insulation is still 60g/m² but they've switched to something called Stratus, about which I can find nothing. The material has switched to 38g/m² Atmos, which they've been using in some of their down jackets. This seems to have brought the weight back down to close to the original Xenon jacket, which is maybe why they've dropped the X in the jackets name.
    @Balagan, the chest pocket is still internal.
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