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Fjallraven launch G-Loft Supreme insulation

Fjallraven launch G-Loft Supreme insulation

Scandinavian outdoor clothing expert Fjällräven has launched a new type of synthetic insulation they’re calling G-Loft Supreme. Developed in conjunction with Austrian insulation experts Goldeck Textil, G-Loft Supreme according to Fjällräven “offers the exceptional warmth-to-weight ratio of down, combined with the wet-weather functionality of synthetic insulation.” G-Loft Supreme is made from a mix of hollow and super-thin polyester fibres, and has an innovative construction that, similarly to down, results in countless small air pockets each trapping warm air for effective insulation against cold temperatures. However, unlike down which can lose functionality in wet weather, G-Loft Supreme retains its warming abilities even … Read more »

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Tested: Paramo Men’s Pasco

Tested: Paramo Men’s Pasco

The Pasco was introduced this winter and uses Nikwax’s full-weight Analogy fabric. This is constructed from a sandwich of wind and waterproof face fabric combined with a furry inner ‘pump’ layer which helps transmit moisture away from the skin. Analogy works brilliantly in the damp UK climate as it is highly breathable and the soft feel makes it comfortable to wear and very ‘quiet’. The fit is quite short but I found this made it just right for wearing with a climbing harness. It is also a rather ‘boxy’ shape that, although making movement easy, felt a little loose at … Read more »

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Tested: Marmot Speedri

Tested: Marmot Speedri

Manufacturers’ own waterproof/breathable fabrics can sometimes seem a bit unsexy compared with the latest Gore-Tex, eVent or Polartec offering, but Marmot’s Membrain FusionDri as featured on the new Speedri jacket is one to get excited about. The lab stats for both waterproofness and breathability are impressive, but of course it’s how it performs in real life that really matters, so we took the Speedri to Chamonix to see if we could work up a sweat on the slopes. Weighing in at just under 400g, the Speedri is light enough to carry in your pack on warmer days, but is heavy-duty … Read more »

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Tested: Berghaus Kangchenjunga

Tested: Berghaus Kangchenjunga

New for this winter, Berghaus’ new ProShell mountain jacket is one of their best ever… The Kangchenjunga is brand new this winter and sits right at the top of Berghaus’ range of waterproof jackets. For £300 you’d expect to get a lot of jacket for your money, so does deliver? The short answer is yes, very much so. Using the most durable and waterproof version of Gore-Tex, ProShell, the jacket still manages to come in at under 500g, which makes it usable in a wide range of situations – from year-round British hilldays, to summer alpine ascents, to high-altitude treks. It feels … Read more »

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Tested: Odlo 3L Packaway Pro

Tested: Odlo 3L Packaway Pro

This lightweight waterproof jacket from Odlo certainly stands out from the crowd with its ‘in-line’ double pockets that are located one directly above the other, but how does it compare to other jackets at this pricepoint? The Packaway Pro uses Odlo’s own Logic 3-layer breathable/waterproof laminate, and to touch it feels nice and tactile, not too dissimilar from Active Shell. Weighing in at 300g means it competes in weight (as well as price) with other brand’s jackets that use fabrics like Gore-Tex’s Active Shell and lightweight eVent. Interestingly, more weight could have been shaved off by leaving out such luxuries … Read more »

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