Rab’s new-for-spring 2019 Kinetic Alpine Jacket is the more mountain-friendly successor to the original – and rather brilliant – Kinetic Plus Jacket…
The lightest version of Patagonia’s new Capilene Cool, hot-conditions baselayer collection uses an ultra-fast wicking and drying fabric to cope with hot, sweaty work when the going gets scorchio.
Merino wool? Polyester? Polypropylene? A demented mixture of all three maybe? What’s the best baselayer fabric for you and what else do you need to know about baselayers?
Softshell. Or maybe soft shell. An enigma disguised as a riddle. wrapped in a conundrum and spun into the ultimate in confusing outdoor clothing concept. It’s almost easier to say what a softshell isn’t than what it is…
Rab’s new top-tier Microlight Down Jacket has a secret weapon in the shape of futuristic Pertex Infinity Weave fabric straight out of The Matrix. It eliminates stitch-lines between baffles, which in turn improves wind resistance in bitter arctic gales.
It’s one of the great winter dilemmas – do you need a lightweight, micro-baffled down jacket or something chunkier and warmer? What are the pros and cons of both?
Montane’s Phoenix – and its men’s variant, the Icarus – looks suspiciously like a classic, lightweight, micro-baffled down jacket…
If you’ve climbed, technical water ice, you’ll know that gloves that work ‘just right’ are super hard to come by. They need to be warm enough that your hands don’t freeze and lose dexterity. But also dexterous enough that you can, say, place and ice-screw and clip it, then set up a belay, without taking them off.
This year’s must have is a jacket that looks and feels like down, with baffled construction, but is actually filled with a 100% bird-friendly synthetic that’s designed to mimic the way down works.
Berghaus’s weird tech results in a down-filled jacket that’s designed for use as a mid-layer in really cold conditions. The big surprise is that it works improbably well, though it could be lighter.