To see the Filoment priced at £130 is impressive. To see it discounted to £99 is phenomenal. The kind of performance and quality of design on offer here is quite at odds with the lower-end-of-the-market price tag. Filled with roughly 140g of PFC-free Nikwax Hydrophobic down, the hoody comes with a non-adjustable, but neatly judged, helmet-compatible hood, two low-slung side pockets (good for hand warming, but little else with a harness or rucksack on), a vast chest pocket (which actually extends up to the shoulder), and a very long cut combined well with heat-trapping hem cinches. The features are minimal but efficient, the athletic cut is nicely articulated and the lycra-bound cuffs are comfy. The main downsides are the weight: which at 400g is considerably more than more expensive options (however, the general user will still consider this to be a lightweight garment), and the fill power of the down used, which is a rather entry-level 650. Alpkit recommends the Filoment as a lightweight, compressible, windproof outer in the warmer months and as a mid-layer for deep winter. I’d say that’s spot on.
VERDICT: A great multipurpose jacket at a super competitive price. Worth every penny.
BEST FOR: multi-purpose users.
Review by Dan Aspel @