Weighing just 220g, the Xenon X is an appealing minimalist prospect. That weight is achieved simply by being an armless gilet, but also through the top-draw materials used in the construction. The outer and inner fabrics are made of the windproof and breathable Pertex Quantum, while the insulation is so-hot-right-now Primaloft Gold. This means that, unlike down, it won’t compress when wet and still continues to trap heat. In use I’ve found it surprisingly warm for a garment that only covers the body’s core, which has made it a great choice for evening use on summer camps and bivvys, as well as an unobtrusive mid-layer on cooler or winter days. Storage is great, with two large hand pockets and a integrated-stuff-sack Napoleon pocket too (great for a phone). The drawcords at the hem are effective and the chin guard at the neck welcome. Versatility is the big selling point and I can’t think of a trip where the Xenon wouldn’t be the first item in my bag. A superb product.
Review by Dan Aspel @