So you may have seen our full review of the Rab Generator Smock earlier this month a great insulating layer for active use, we feel. But what if you want that extra bit of warmth, whether it be at Everest Base Camp or for that stroll in the park on a Sunday afternoon? Well, in both cases youll probably be looking for a down jacket very warm, and yet light weight and packable.
We therefore thought wed bring you a mini-review of the Alpkit Filo down jacket. Toms owned his for the past 5 (or is it 6?) years his is the first generation Filo, which although having been superseded, gives you an idea of how reliable the jacket has been.
First things first this jacket is pretty warm. -12 Celsius out there tonight on the way back from town, and within five minutes, full body warmth was resumed. The loft of the down results in a pocket of warm air surrounding the body, with the outer fabric keeping the worst of the wind out (and heat in). The soft neck lining keeps things comfortable, and the flap of fabric behind the zip stops the biting wind from finding a weak-point. Finally, the elasticated drawstring round the waist seals you in.
The issue with down in general is that it doesnt perform in the wet. Alpkit have tackled this with a water resistant outer fabric, which on newer models is even more weather proof. Its not a waterproof jacket, but for quick showers, nothing too bad is going to happen. If its proper cold and snowing, in my experience the insulation is enough to stop the snow melting on the surface, so it can just be brushed off. I have, in the past, got the jacket wetter than Id planned, but nothing disastrous has happened to it.
The latest model has had some significant upgrades over my mark 1 the detachable hood provides warmth for the head ideal in cold places like the Alps, or a bivvy atop a Munro… Using new zips and fabric has also meant that the jacket is now 20% lighter (Alpkit claim), and also more packable. Lighter jackets also help with loft too with less weight to support, the down can loft more, keeping you extra snug.Comparing the Filo against other down jackets shows that, at 95, its a bit of a steal.
My verdict? Well, if I could just kill my current Filo, itd be a new one Id be looking for!
If you want one, youd better be quick. After selling out, Alpkit have ordered more, and Im reliably informed that theyre selling like hot cakes too… You can grab one on the Alpkit Filo Jacket page.
Alpkit have released their first range of tents. Their 4 season range covers 2,3 and 4-6 person models. All are geodesic designs, built to cope with harsh conditions. Their prices start at 300 for the Kangri, the Zhota is 450, and its 650 for the Heksa. Alpkit also produce a range of lightweight tarps and bivvy bags, for the fast-and-light crew…
Worth also mentioning that if you want to try out an Alpkit tent before you buy one, they offer a Tent Demo, starting at 30 for the Kangri (45 for Zhota, 65 for Heksa). The fee is refunded if you purchase said tent within 3 months too!
All the specs and info youll ever need can be seen on the Alpkit tent page.
If you’ve got the kit, you may as well use it… So why not head to our trekking holidays page for some inspiration!