The North Face have introduced thermoball. It is basically small bits of synthetic insulation, primaloft I believe, that better emulate goose down, but still insulates when wet. As already mentioned, synthetic is probably better in the UK given the humidity.
Duvet / down jackets - what's good?
Rab are like Mercedes.
Old was excellent, new is excellent. Middle period was bad!
which is fine if you have an old one as they have outlasted the middle period.
had mine 18years, send it off to that place in sheffield every now and again for a professional clean otherwise just wipe it over with a dettoll wipe and store it uncompressed.
its not ready for a replacement yet.
earlier this year i replaced (not that it really needed replacing) my 9 year old rab with this:
it is bloody brilliant. it arrived the morning of the first major snowfall we had and i paid significantly less than they are now. why they were so cheap is beyond me because it hasn't changed at all for the new model year.
anyhoo, great jacket and I'm well pleased with it.
the wife got a nice berghaus one from tkmaxx at a bargain price too. they didn't have a mens one in my size otherwise i would have done the same. so could be worth a look.
RAB Xenon for £99
Its only 340g too
I have this and is great when its cold..
Montane extreme jacket...
Many of Rabs 2014 products use hydophobic down.
cloudnine - Member
The Montane Extreme isn't an insulating jacket it's a very warm softshell
If you're moving you'll be hot but stand still for 15 mins aand you'll probably get cold
Down coats are for keeping you warm when being inactive or for working/climbing in extreme cold. Most people on the High Street never use them for their intended purpose but they think they look great popping out to Sainsburys in it
Montane Prism is a great jacket but it's not as warm as a duvet/down winter jacket. I got lucky with an Alpkit Filo for £80 last year - great for sitting around in freezing camping barns. My Prism is for autumn/spring/winter hill walks or biking emergencies.
I can't wear down exercising, I'm just to hot.
I tend to wear it only on winter camps or standing around on cold evenings in Keswick
PHD is wonderful, but RAB is affordable.
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