Alpkit have packed a lot of value into this traditional winter belay jacket. There’s 100g of 55% recycled PTFE, Primaloft Gold insulation in the body and 80g on the arms, which puts it at the base-camp/belay end of the spectrum rather than the active end. It is incredibly warm and bounces back from moisture really well – just the thing for the mountain ming! It’s also slightly oversized and cut longer at the rear, so sits easily over other layers. It’s well thought out too; there’s a double zip for easy access to a harness, thumb loop wrist warmers, a wired, adjustable and helmet compatible hood, two massive handwarmer pockets and 1 chest pocket, all zippered, and two glove/sock dryer pockets. You might not get the trim good looks or ultralight weights of other jackets in this test, but you do get a low maintenance, feature packed and super warm overcoat. Weight 535g
►Verdict: Second warmest and most durable on test. Very good value.
►Best for: Camping, paddling and climbing. Don’t try and run (or even uphill walk) in it though!
Review by David Lintern @