Designed to offer “expedition-level warmth”, the 492g Supercharger offers meaty amounts of down and synthetic insulation in a package designed to keep it light, robust and weather-resistant. That insulation is a midriff of 800-fill goose down combined with reams of MH’s synthetic Thermal.Q Elite on the shoulders, head and arms, while the toughness comes via a mixture of stretchy Dry.Q Active fabric in the upper body and ripstop nylon in the lower panelling. Essentially it makes for a jacket that you can wear as the sky starts to collapse (especially as the down is hydrophobically treated) but carry without worrying too much about the weight. It’s still a relatively bulky piece, but that translates into excellent warmth retention – to the extent that I’d hesitate to use it in action in all but the coldest and highest of environments, despite the clever breathable fabric mapping. The wrists are non-adjustable, but well-judged, the hood is excellent and cosseting with good movement, and the five pockets (two for hands, three slightly gallingly small options at the upper chest – inside and out) are perfectly decent. I did however snap the hem adjuster on first use, although it was easily fixed. Overall, a solid choice for cold alpine pursuits.
Review by Dan Aspel @