The Ramche Micro is an exciting new prospect, as not only can it call upon the pedigree of the much bigger Ramche that have preceded it, but it also brings a whole new angle to the range. As you can guess from the name, it’s essentially a smaller, lighter version for less brutal conditions. It was also developed with input from recently-retired-tax-man-cum-mountaineer Mick Fowler (look him up), so it’s reasonable to expect a practical product. In its 310g package you get 850-fill Hydrodown treated with water-resistant Nikwax… plus a cinchable hood, hem adjusters and two outer pockets. It’s far from the most well-featured jacket out there, but in my testing I was consistently surprised at the impressive levels of warmth retention, whilst the hydrophobic properties meant I wasn’t terrified of getting it damp whilst bivvying or walking/camping whilst the sky was spitting. The only niggle I had in testing was the lack of protection at the top of the zip, which consequently caught on my neck and beard – however I’m assured that this has been corrected for the first production run.
VERDICT: A very neat, slight and warm jacket with good hydrophobic qualities.
BEST FOR: expeditions and lightweight camps.
Review by Dan Aspel @