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?
Should you choose a down or synthetic insulated jacket this winter? It used to be an easy one: down was for cold, dry conditions where pack size and weight mattered and getting it wet was unlikely. It also helped if you had a bulging wallet.
We test out 14 midweight down jackets to find out which are best for all-round use, from hanging around camp to tackling summits on freezing days…