25 November 2016
+ The 1000FP down feels almost instantaneously warm. Lightweight fabric, minimalist zip pulls and elasticated trims all shave weight, meaning the jacket weighs just 190g (men’s M). A relatively low rear cut offers extra insulation below the waist and stops cold winds from sneaking upwards.
- The outer fabric is not particularly resistant to abrasion and the waist hem seemed to roll up a little. A hood doesn’t come as standard and is £30 extra.
VERDICT Seriously impressive warmth vs. weight and packability, along with premium quality down in an ultra-lightweight package. The only real concern is the delicate outer fabric, but if you just want to stay warm, the PHD Wafer is hard to beat.