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Desert Race Pullover

Desert Race Pullover - with optional hood
Desert Race Pullover - with optional hoodDesert Race Pullover - without optional hoodDesert Race Pullover - optional down hoodRed 7X fabricOptional race stuff sac with webbing daisy chainsOptional race stuff sac with webbing daisy chains (right). Standard stuff sac (left).Shell hood option (no down fill)Race Stuff Sac shown attached to a WAA Ultra-Bag, one of the most popular MDS rucksacks.

It worked brilliantly and I'd recommend it to others in a heartbeat.
Thomas Meakin (2016 Marathon des Sables competitor)

Desert Race Pullover

An ultralightweight Down Pullover with added warmth for sleeping in. Uses our lightest-ever fabric, '7X'.
Typical Operating Temp:-5°C (23°F)
Weight:200g (7oz)
Price:£280.00

Available Options:

Size:
Colour:
Hood:
Stuff sac(s):

Features

  • Sheer-light 7X fabric inner and outer -- our lightest ever fabric
  • Exceptional 950 fillpower European goose down
  • Stitch-through construction to reduce weight
  • Full width front hand-warmer pockets
  • Only available until 31st March
  • Team with our Desert Race Pullover to make a flexible Sleep System*****
  • Can’t be reproduced through our 'Design Your Own Down Jacket' site
  • Short lightweight front zip, pullover style
  • Drop-tail back
  • Small zipped security pocket
  • Adjustable hem
  • Cuffs: Light Lycra
  • Stuff sac
  • Pack size: 10 x 18cm*
  • Options:
    • Dark grey or Red
    • Stud on down hood with Lycra edging: Adds 20grms/1oz +£35.00
    • Stud on shell (fabric-only) hood with Lycra edging: Adds 10grms/0.5oz +£25.00
    • Additional (2nd) Race stuff sac

 

*Please note: we make our stuff sacs big enough to allow fairly easy stuffing rather than reducing the pullover to the tightest minimum

Description

Part of the Desert Race Collection, designed with desert racing in mind. In the MdS 40°C race days can give way to 4°C nights in which warmth plays a vital role in recovery for the next day's challenge. Maximising these item's warmth/weight ratio has been central to developing this collection, to meet the needs of both elite competitors and those who simply want to finish.

The PHD Ultra Pullover has been a favourite of racers for many seasons. Here we’ve made a super lightweight version for desert races paying particular attention to the required level of insulation for sleeping in. With the use of our new 7X (7 denier) fabric, 950 fillpower down, and stitch through construction for weight saving, the Desert Race Pullover is an exceptionally flexible piece of kit.

The Race Stuff Sac is a race-specific Stuff Sac with attachment points to strap to the outside of a rucksack. It can be purchased separately or added to your order as an option.

Use with the Desert Halfbag, to create an incredibly light & flexible sleep system rated to +3°C. Buy as a package to get 5% off.

Only available until 31st March.

Technical

Ultralight 7X fabric (weight: 22 gsm)

7X is our new sheer-light 7 denier fabric. An exquisitely fine rip-stop nylon, 7X is incredibly light, highly wind-resistant and has first-rate down proofing. This fabric helps us create the very lightest of gear in the PHD range. Of course the lighter the fabric the lighter the sleeping bag or down clothing, and the less space it takes up in your rucksack. This fabric is so light it actually helps to allow even greater lofting of the down too. Order samples of this fabric & just pay the postage.

950 Fillpower Down

A newcomer to our range. European goose of rare quality. A high value alternative at the top levels of performance. More on our down insulation.

Sizing

Standard clothing sizing chart

Weight shown is for medium (M) size.

The PHD Sizing Chart below is based on measurements without clothing, exactly the way you would buy a shirt, a sweater or a pair of trousers. A 42" (107cm) chest means that your bare chest uninflated measures 42". Inside Arm is measured from armpit to wrist-bone and Inside Leg from crutch to ankle bone. If you find that you fall between (or across) these sizings, please contact us and we will quote you for modifications needed. Modifications cannot be made to sale items, bargain box items or other products not offered at full price. And if you are supplying us with your measurements, it is always useful for us to know your height, even when you are only buying a jacket.

Size Height Chest Waist Inside arm Inside leg
XS 155-163cm
(5'1"–5'4")
86cm
(34")
71cm
(28")
46cm
(18")
69cm
(27")
S 164-170cm
(5'5"–5'7")
91cm
(36")
76cm
(30")
48cm
(19")
72cm
(28.5")
M 171-178cm
(5'7"–5'10")
99cm
(39")
84cm
(33")
51cm
(20")
76cm
(30")
L 179-186cm
(5'10"–6'1")
107cm
(42")
91cm
(36")
53cm
(21")
80cm
(31.5")
XL 187-193cm
(6'2"–6'4")
114cm
(45")
99cm
(39")
56cm
(22")
84cm
(33")
XXL 194-201cm
(6'4"–6'7")
122cm
(48")
107cm
(42")
58cm
(23")
88cm
(34.5")
XXXL 202-209cm
(6'8"–6'10")
130cm
(51")
114cm
(45")
61cm
(24")
91cm
(36")

N.B. PHD clothing is unisex and made in standard sizes S / M / L and XL, with XS available on Minimus, Sigma, Ultra, and Yukon jackets, vests and pullovers as standard, and on certain other items on request. XXL & XXXL are available for certain items on request, and so are simple modifications between sizes (e.g. Medium width combined with Large length). Please contact us for details.

Allowances:

  • Down Jackets, Pullovers, Vests, Down Suits: sized to fit over thermal underwear & fleece.
  • Down Trousers & Salopettes: sized to fit over thermal underwear &/or climbing trousers.
  • Shell Jackets: sized to go over a down jacket (e.g. Yukon Jacket). To cover thicker down clothing go up one size; to cover base layer & fleece clothing, go down one size.
  • Shell Trousers & Salopettes: sized to fit over thermal underwear &/or outdoor trousers.
  • Shell Suits: D-type suits will fit over down clothing of the same named size; F-type suits will only fit over thermals and fleece.

Reviews

"We had a couple of nights when the wind picked up and the sand blew. When this happened I was grateful for being able to pull the sand sheet on the half bag up over my head and use the drawstring to keep the sand out."
Gareth Scobie (2016 Marathon des Sables competitor).


"For me the half bag and pullover was perfect, probably the best bit of kit I bought. To be wearing the top half as a jacket in the evening, then slip into the lower half was simplicity itself. It was plenty warm enough, even on the colder nights, and the hood served well as a cushion so I could just lay my head on my pack and to muffle my ears against the inevitable night noises."
Dain Jensen (2016 Marathon des Sables competitor).


"I loved the PHD half bag and pullover combination. It worked brilliantly and I'd recommend it to others in a heartbeat."
Thomas Meakin (2016 Marathon des Sables competitor).


"I have never used a sleeping system like it, a completely superb bit of kit.

The conditions this year were tricky ranging from around 2 degrees to 15 (at night) the bag kept me comfortable at the lower end (with silk liner) and also comfortable with no jacket at the higher end (no soggy interior). How it did this I have no idea, but it did. Effectively I was comfortable in the bag every night regardless of temp.

The jacket worked very well as a wind smock during the evening and was very comfy to sleep in, once again the material was tough and remained unblemished.

The entire system was easy to pack into one stuff sack and worked well as part of my overall kit inventory. It was as small as it could be."
Jamie Hancox (2016 Marathon des Sables competitor)


"The bag and jacket were both very good...overall I’d recommend this to anyone wanting a warm jacket for the MDS"
James Gillies (2016 Marathon des Sables competitor).


"Overall, your desert combo product performed well and met my (high) expectations. Best piece of kit I brought. We had a mix of warm and cold evenings, with a couple blowing sand storms. Combo kept me in comfortable range throughout"
Scott Fischel (2016 Marathon des Sables competitor).


"I thought it was a great product"
Jon-Paul Brett (2016 Marathon des Sables competitor).

Comments below relate to our Ultra Down Pullover, which is 15g heavier:

"I used this as my warm layer on the John Muir Trail. I had a hood-less sleeping quilt, a PHD K series pullover without the hood and a separate sleeping bag hood. This combination was perfect for lightness, warmth and flexibility. The PHD pullover was fantastic since it was so light it was no hassle to carry. When I did need it, it proved to be extremely warm for its weight. Originally I bought a 'featherlight' jacket from a well recognised brand but the (fashionable) baffles were small and the net result was that the jacket just wasn't very warm since the down had no room to loft. I sold that jacket and contacted PHD who were really helpful. The weight is comparable to the trendy jacket but it is MUCH warmer. The loft on the jacket is excellent and the fabric is very bleed-proof for the weight. Every night I had to check my ultralight sleeping bag (not from PHD!) for down bleed but I stopped bothering with the PHD pullover – there just wasn’t any bleed."
Nick Freeman

TGO magazine recommended

"Ultra's extremely low weight and bulk make it perfect for backpacking ... The combination of warmth ... weight and water resistance is wonderful."
Judy Armstrong, TGO Magazine ("Lightest in Test").

Backpacking Light - Highly recommended

"If I were to list my specifications for the perfect ultralight down jacket, it would describe the PHD Ultra Down Pullover exactly ... One trip with this jacket is all it took to convince me that it is the ultimate down jacket for ultralight three-season backpacking in the mountains, winter backpacking in the desert, or cold (but not frigid) weather pursuits of any kind ... Based on its fit and exceptional loft and warmth for its weight, the PHD Ultra Down Pullover is my new favorite jacket."
Will Rietveld, Backpacking Light ("Highly Recommended"). Read full review.

"The uber light Ultra Down pullover is simply brilliantly designed, with astonishing attention to detail. It fits perfectly with very little wasted in the way of tensioners, cinch cords and elastic, an amazing feat. Surpisingly for something as light as this, it is tough and won't fall by the wayside when the weather and terrain hits you hard."
Richard H.

"I am delighted with it. It really is a ridiculously light bundle of warmth that packs down to nothing. I had considered buying the patagonia special edition down sweater, but I'm very pleased that I went for the Ultra instead. - I'm pretty sure it's going to spend most of its life in my rucksack - If I can manage to prise it from my wife's hands!"
Chris W.

"I loved it from the off. It's madly warm for its weight. It's become my insulating layer of choice."
Dave Hanlon.

"Very impressed with the warmth to weight ratio."
Sergeant in Devon & Cornwall Constabulary.

"Thank you for the swift making and delivery of my ultra down pullover. It is an absolutely beautiful coat, and I am extremely grateful of the effort you have put in to get the coat ready before I start my expedition at the end of this month. I can assure you that this will not be my last purchase from you."
Dan Morley.

"Absolutely Fantastic !!!!!!!!!!!"
Ray Griffiths.

"It's a fantastic garment."
Phyllida Poltock.

"Really delighted with the product to date."
Mark Alexander.

"I recently bought an Ultra Pullover from you. I used it in the lakes before Xmas in conjunction with a pied elephant sleeping bag to bivvi out. Was really impressed as the weather turned out rather horrible and I got a fair bit of condensation in my bivvi bag. I thought the down would get wet quick but that didn't happen - so I stayed just warm enough. All in all pretty amazing from something so small and light - had just 2 layers underneath. So I've been really impressed and want to say thanks. I will be spreading the word about your products."
Brian Leite.

More

Features

  • Sheer-light 7X fabric inner and outer -- our lightest ever fabric
  • Exceptional 950 fillpower European goose down
  • Stitch-through construction to reduce weight
  • Full width front hand-warmer pockets
  • Only available until 31st March
  • Team with our Desert Race Pullover to make a flexible Sleep System*****
  • Can’t be reproduced through our 'Design Your Own Down Jacket' site
  • Short lightweight front zip, pullover style
  • Drop-tail back
  • Small zipped security pocket
  • Adjustable hem
  • Cuffs: Light Lycra
  • Stuff sac
  • Pack size: 10 x 18cm*
  • Options:
    • Dark grey or Red
    • Stud on down hood with Lycra edging: Adds 20grms/1oz +£35.00
    • Stud on shell (fabric-only) hood with Lycra edging: Adds 10grms/0.5oz +£25.00
    • Additional (2nd) Race stuff sac

 

*Please note: we make our stuff sacs big enough to allow fairly easy stuffing rather than reducing the pullover to the tightest minimum

Description

Part of the Desert Race Collection, designed with desert racing in mind. In the MdS 40°C race days can give way to 4°C nights in which warmth plays a vital role in recovery for the next day's challenge. Maximising these item's warmth/weight ratio has been central to developing this collection, to meet the needs of both elite competitors and those who simply want to finish.

The PHD Ultra Pullover has been a favourite of racers for many seasons. Here we’ve made a super lightweight version for desert races paying particular attention to the required level of insulation for sleeping in. With the use of our new 7X (7 denier) fabric, 950 fillpower down, and stitch through construction for weight saving, the Desert Race Pullover is an exceptionally flexible piece of kit.

The Race Stuff Sac is a race-specific Stuff Sac with attachment points to strap to the outside of a rucksack. It can be purchased separately or added to your order as an option.

Use with the Desert Halfbag, to create an incredibly light & flexible sleep system rated to +3°C. Buy as a package to get 5% off.

Only available until 31st March.

Technical

Ultralight 7X fabric (weight: 22 gsm)

7X is our new sheer-light 7 denier fabric. An exquisitely fine rip-stop nylon, 7X is incredibly light, highly wind-resistant and has first-rate down proofing. This fabric helps us create the very lightest of gear in the PHD range. Of course the lighter the fabric the lighter the sleeping bag or down clothing, and the less space it takes up in your rucksack. This fabric is so light it actually helps to allow even greater lofting of the down too. Order samples of this fabric & just pay the postage.

950 Fillpower Down

A newcomer to our range. European goose of rare quality. A high value alternative at the top levels of performance. More on our down insulation.

Sizing

Standard clothing sizing chart

Weight shown is for medium (M) size.

The PHD Sizing Chart below is based on measurements without clothing, exactly the way you would buy a shirt, a sweater or a pair of trousers. A 42" (107cm) chest means that your bare chest uninflated measures 42". Inside Arm is measured from armpit to wrist-bone and Inside Leg from crutch to ankle bone. If you find that you fall between (or across) these sizings, please contact us and we will quote you for modifications needed. Modifications cannot be made to sale items, bargain box items or other products not offered at full price. And if you are supplying us with your measurements, it is always useful for us to know your height, even when you are only buying a jacket.

Size Height Chest Waist Inside arm Inside leg
XS 155-163cm
(5'1"–5'4")
86cm
(34")
71cm
(28")
46cm
(18")
69cm
(27")
S 164-170cm
(5'5"–5'7")
91cm
(36")
76cm
(30")
48cm
(19")
72cm
(28.5")
M 171-178cm
(5'7"–5'10")
99cm
(39")
84cm
(33")
51cm
(20")
76cm
(30")
L 179-186cm
(5'10"–6'1")
107cm
(42")
91cm
(36")
53cm
(21")
80cm
(31.5")
XL 187-193cm
(6'2"–6'4")
114cm
(45")
99cm
(39")
56cm
(22")
84cm
(33")
XXL 194-201cm
(6'4"–6'7")
122cm
(48")
107cm
(42")
58cm
(23")
88cm
(34.5")
XXXL 202-209cm
(6'8"–6'10")
130cm
(51")
114cm
(45")
61cm
(24")
91cm
(36")

N.B. PHD clothing is unisex and made in standard sizes S / M / L and XL, with XS available on Minimus, Sigma, Ultra, and Yukon jackets, vests and pullovers as standard, and on certain other items on request. XXL & XXXL are available for certain items on request, and so are simple modifications between sizes (e.g. Medium width combined with Large length). Please contact us for details.

Allowances:

  • Down Jackets, Pullovers, Vests, Down Suits: sized to fit over thermal underwear & fleece.
  • Down Trousers & Salopettes: sized to fit over thermal underwear &/or climbing trousers.
  • Shell Jackets: sized to go over a down jacket (e.g. Yukon Jacket). To cover thicker down clothing go up one size; to cover base layer & fleece clothing, go down one size.
  • Shell Trousers & Salopettes: sized to fit over thermal underwear &/or outdoor trousers.
  • Shell Suits: D-type suits will fit over down clothing of the same named size; F-type suits will only fit over thermals and fleece.

Reviews

"We had a couple of nights when the wind picked up and the sand blew. When this happened I was grateful for being able to pull the sand sheet on the half bag up over my head and use the drawstring to keep the sand out."
Gareth Scobie (2016 Marathon des Sables competitor).


"For me the half bag and pullover was perfect, probably the best bit of kit I bought. To be wearing the top half as a jacket in the evening, then slip into the lower half was simplicity itself. It was plenty warm enough, even on the colder nights, and the hood served well as a cushion so I could just lay my head on my pack and to muffle my ears against the inevitable night noises."
Dain Jensen (2016 Marathon des Sables competitor).


"I loved the PHD half bag and pullover combination. It worked brilliantly and I'd recommend it to others in a heartbeat."
Thomas Meakin (2016 Marathon des Sables competitor).


"I have never used a sleeping system like it, a completely superb bit of kit.

The conditions this year were tricky ranging from around 2 degrees to 15 (at night) the bag kept me comfortable at the lower end (with silk liner) and also comfortable with no jacket at the higher end (no soggy interior). How it did this I have no idea, but it did. Effectively I was comfortable in the bag every night regardless of temp.

The jacket worked very well as a wind smock during the evening and was very comfy to sleep in, once again the material was tough and remained unblemished.

The entire system was easy to pack into one stuff sack and worked well as part of my overall kit inventory. It was as small as it could be."
Jamie Hancox (2016 Marathon des Sables competitor)


"The bag and jacket were both very good...overall I’d recommend this to anyone wanting a warm jacket for the MDS"
James Gillies (2016 Marathon des Sables competitor).


"Overall, your desert combo product performed well and met my (high) expectations. Best piece of kit I brought. We had a mix of warm and cold evenings, with a couple blowing sand storms. Combo kept me in comfortable range throughout"
Scott Fischel (2016 Marathon des Sables competitor).


"I thought it was a great product"
Jon-Paul Brett (2016 Marathon des Sables competitor).

Comments below relate to our Ultra Down Pullover, which is 15g heavier:

"I used this as my warm layer on the John Muir Trail. I had a hood-less sleeping quilt, a PHD K series pullover without the hood and a separate sleeping bag hood. This combination was perfect for lightness, warmth and flexibility. The PHD pullover was fantastic since it was so light it was no hassle to carry. When I did need it, it proved to be extremely warm for its weight. Originally I bought a 'featherlight' jacket from a well recognised brand but the (fashionable) baffles were small and the net result was that the jacket just wasn't very warm since the down had no room to loft. I sold that jacket and contacted PHD who were really helpful. The weight is comparable to the trendy jacket but it is MUCH warmer. The loft on the jacket is excellent and the fabric is very bleed-proof for the weight. Every night I had to check my ultralight sleeping bag (not from PHD!) for down bleed but I stopped bothering with the PHD pullover – there just wasn’t any bleed."
Nick Freeman

TGO magazine recommended

"Ultra's extremely low weight and bulk make it perfect for backpacking ... The combination of warmth ... weight and water resistance is wonderful."
Judy Armstrong, TGO Magazine ("Lightest in Test").

Backpacking Light - Highly recommended

"If I were to list my specifications for the perfect ultralight down jacket, it would describe the PHD Ultra Down Pullover exactly ... One trip with this jacket is all it took to convince me that it is the ultimate down jacket for ultralight three-season backpacking in the mountains, winter backpacking in the desert, or cold (but not frigid) weather pursuits of any kind ... Based on its fit and exceptional loft and warmth for its weight, the PHD Ultra Down Pullover is my new favorite jacket."
Will Rietveld, Backpacking Light ("Highly Recommended"). Read full review.

"The uber light Ultra Down pullover is simply brilliantly designed, with astonishing attention to detail. It fits perfectly with very little wasted in the way of tensioners, cinch cords and elastic, an amazing feat. Surpisingly for something as light as this, it is tough and won't fall by the wayside when the weather and terrain hits you hard."
Richard H.

"I am delighted with it. It really is a ridiculously light bundle of warmth that packs down to nothing. I had considered buying the patagonia special edition down sweater, but I'm very pleased that I went for the Ultra instead. - I'm pretty sure it's going to spend most of its life in my rucksack - If I can manage to prise it from my wife's hands!"
Chris W.

"I loved it from the off. It's madly warm for its weight. It's become my insulating layer of choice."
Dave Hanlon.

"Very impressed with the warmth to weight ratio."
Sergeant in Devon & Cornwall Constabulary.

"Thank you for the swift making and delivery of my ultra down pullover. It is an absolutely beautiful coat, and I am extremely grateful of the effort you have put in to get the coat ready before I start my expedition at the end of this month. I can assure you that this will not be my last purchase from you."
Dan Morley.

"Absolutely Fantastic !!!!!!!!!!!"
Ray Griffiths.

"It's a fantastic garment."
Phyllida Poltock.

"Really delighted with the product to date."
Mark Alexander.

"I recently bought an Ultra Pullover from you. I used it in the lakes before Xmas in conjunction with a pied elephant sleeping bag to bivvi out. Was really impressed as the weather turned out rather horrible and I got a fair bit of condensation in my bivvi bag. I thought the down would get wet quick but that didn't happen - so I stayed just warm enough. All in all pretty amazing from something so small and light - had just 2 layers underneath. So I've been really impressed and want to say thanks. I will be spreading the word about your products."
Brian Leite.

More

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