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Amazingly light…packs down into a tiny ball. It's very comfortable to wear. I took the Wafer on the Scottish Watershed and loved it on chilly nights.
TGO Magazine's Gear Editor, Chris Townsend.

Wafer Down Jacket: 'K Series'

One of the lightest insulated jackets. A combination of an exceptionally lightweight fabric with PHD's unique 1000 fillpower down. A 'K Series' product: warmth to weight at the limit of possibilities.
Typical Operating Temp:0°C (32°F)
Weight:190g (7oz)
Price:£286.00

Available Options:

Size:
Fill:
Hood:

Features

  • A PHD K Series product: Ultimate warmth / weight performance
  • PHD's Unique 1000 fillpower down
  • Outer & Inner fabric: exceptionally lightweight 10X
  • Stitch-through construction for lightness
  • Pockets: 2 zipped hand-warmer pockets.
  • Full length lighweight front zip backed by under-baffle
  • Ships within 5 working days*****
  • Lycra edging on hem and cuffs
  • Stuff sac – size 0 (10 x 18cm)*
  • Optional stud on hood with Lycra edging

 

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

Description

Wafers are the new ultralight down clothing from PHD. Real outdoor gear which will add a raft of choices to your gear selection. Jacket, Vest, Trousers, and Socks.

A super-light jacket that offers much more in camp or bivvy than a fleece. It's lighter, warmer and windproof, as well as taking up one third as much space in your pack. (You could squash twenty Wafer jackets into your 20 litre day-sac: try that with twenty fleeces!)

This is the ideal warmer for spring or autumn camping, when that cold little evening wind makes the sunny afternoon a distant memory. And if the night's a bit colder than you expected, keep the Wafer jacket on inside your bag: a definite booster, particularly if you've got the Wafer trousers on too.

  • Ideal companion in a cool camp, bothy, or hut.
  • Pack without noticing the weight (or the bulk).
  • Midlayer to boost warmth: warmer than a fleece weighing more than twice as much, and windproof too.
  • Add performance to your sleeping bag.

Wafer Down Jacket Compared:

 Weight (gm)Packed Bulk (cu.cm)
Wafer Jacket190880
Wool Sweater (av)4002400
Fleece (mid/light)5002600
Fleece (thick)6003600

Note: Fabrics as thin as 10X do not stand up well to direct abrasion, so we do not recommend our Wafer gear as actual climbing outerwear. But for all its thinness 10X is amazingly downproof and windproof and with reasonable care will go on giving you good service for years.

This jacket is part of PHD's 'Ready Made' range. In stock and ready to ship within 5 working days.

Technical

Ultralight 10X fabric (weight: 26 gsm)

10X, PHD's First 10 Denier Fabric. 9,000 metres of the yarn used to weave 10X weighs just 10g, that's about the same as a £1 coin! For all its thinness 10X is amazingly downproof and with reasonable care will go on giving you good service for years. Order samples of this fabric & just pay the postage.

1000 Fillpower Down

This rarest of all downs we reserve for the K Series. European goose down of unique quality. 1000 provides the highest warmth-for-weight performance possible from down. 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

"The lightest jacket tested by far, and also one of the warmest. There's nothing at anything like this weight that's as warm".
TGO Magazine's Review of Insulated Jackets. Read full review.

"Amazingly light…packs down into a tiny ball. It's very comfortable to wear. I took the Wafer on the Scottish Watershed and loved it on chilly nights."
TGO Magazine's Gear Editor, Chris Townsend. Read Chris' full review.

"Made in Britain, with all components coming from within Europe and stuffed with traceable down. All good stuff. Unfeasibly warm for something so light. Impressive manufacturing ethics. Score: 10/10"
Trail Running Magazine feature on 'Best Ethical Kit'..

"Seriously impressive warmth, premium-quality 1000FP down and ultra-light weight. If you want to stay warm, this is hard to beat."
Walk Magazine (Official Magazine of The Ramblers), 5/5 'Best in Test'.

"PHD's super-lightweight Wafer Down Jacket is a third less bulky than a fleece, offering superior standby warmth without taking up the space."
Wanderlust Magazine.

"Performed brilliantly. The hood was a great fit and tight enough to the face to keep off wind. Absolutely incredible warmth / weight ratio, could not be more impressed. Minimal packed bulk meant it could be kept in a rucksack pocket for easy access when temperatures dropped. I honestly cannot suggest improvement for this product."
Nikolas Bjelic on the Everest Base Camp Trail, Nepal.

"Offers perfect temperature control in almost every type of situation (between -5°C and +20°C)" Alex F-B.

"Absolutely love the warmth and weight! Amazing engineering!"
Peter Reiter.

"It's brilliant!"
Ian Gauntlett.

"There are cheaper down jackets, but none made in the UK and none that'll fit into your one litre cooking pot when not in use."
Singletrack Magazine, 'Recommended'.

Features

  • A PHD K Series product: Ultimate warmth / weight performance
  • PHD's Unique 1000 fillpower down
  • Outer & Inner fabric: exceptionally lightweight 10X
  • Stitch-through construction for lightness
  • Pockets: 2 zipped hand-warmer pockets.
  • Full length lighweight front zip backed by under-baffle
  • Ships within 5 working days*****
  • Lycra edging on hem and cuffs
  • Stuff sac – size 0 (10 x 18cm)*
  • Optional stud on hood with Lycra edging

 

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

Description

Wafers are the new ultralight down clothing from PHD. Real outdoor gear which will add a raft of choices to your gear selection. Jacket, Vest, Trousers, and Socks.

A super-light jacket that offers much more in camp or bivvy than a fleece. It's lighter, warmer and windproof, as well as taking up one third as much space in your pack. (You could squash twenty Wafer jackets into your 20 litre day-sac: try that with twenty fleeces!)

This is the ideal warmer for spring or autumn camping, when that cold little evening wind makes the sunny afternoon a distant memory. And if the night's a bit colder than you expected, keep the Wafer jacket on inside your bag: a definite booster, particularly if you've got the Wafer trousers on too.

  • Ideal companion in a cool camp, bothy, or hut.
  • Pack without noticing the weight (or the bulk).
  • Midlayer to boost warmth: warmer than a fleece weighing more than twice as much, and windproof too.
  • Add performance to your sleeping bag.

Wafer Down Jacket Compared:

 Weight (gm)Packed Bulk (cu.cm)
Wafer Jacket190880
Wool Sweater (av)4002400
Fleece (mid/light)5002600
Fleece (thick)6003600

Note: Fabrics as thin as 10X do not stand up well to direct abrasion, so we do not recommend our Wafer gear as actual climbing outerwear. But for all its thinness 10X is amazingly downproof and windproof and with reasonable care will go on giving you good service for years.

This jacket is part of PHD's 'Ready Made' range. In stock and ready to ship within 5 working days.

Technical

Ultralight 10X fabric (weight: 26 gsm)

10X, PHD's First 10 Denier Fabric. 9,000 metres of the yarn used to weave 10X weighs just 10g, that's about the same as a £1 coin! For all its thinness 10X is amazingly downproof and with reasonable care will go on giving you good service for years. Order samples of this fabric & just pay the postage.

1000 Fillpower Down

This rarest of all downs we reserve for the K Series. European goose down of unique quality. 1000 provides the highest warmth-for-weight performance possible from down. 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

"The lightest jacket tested by far, and also one of the warmest. There's nothing at anything like this weight that's as warm".
TGO Magazine's Review of Insulated Jackets. Read full review.

"Amazingly light…packs down into a tiny ball. It's very comfortable to wear. I took the Wafer on the Scottish Watershed and loved it on chilly nights."
TGO Magazine's Gear Editor, Chris Townsend. Read Chris' full review.

"Made in Britain, with all components coming from within Europe and stuffed with traceable down. All good stuff. Unfeasibly warm for something so light. Impressive manufacturing ethics. Score: 10/10"
Trail Running Magazine feature on 'Best Ethical Kit'..

"Seriously impressive warmth, premium-quality 1000FP down and ultra-light weight. If you want to stay warm, this is hard to beat."
Walk Magazine (Official Magazine of The Ramblers), 5/5 'Best in Test'.

"PHD's super-lightweight Wafer Down Jacket is a third less bulky than a fleece, offering superior standby warmth without taking up the space."
Wanderlust Magazine.

"Performed brilliantly. The hood was a great fit and tight enough to the face to keep off wind. Absolutely incredible warmth / weight ratio, could not be more impressed. Minimal packed bulk meant it could be kept in a rucksack pocket for easy access when temperatures dropped. I honestly cannot suggest improvement for this product."
Nikolas Bjelic on the Everest Base Camp Trail, Nepal.

"Offers perfect temperature control in almost every type of situation (between -5°C and +20°C)" Alex F-B.

"Absolutely love the warmth and weight! Amazing engineering!"
Peter Reiter.

"It's brilliant!"
Ian Gauntlett.

"There are cheaper down jackets, but none made in the UK and none that'll fit into your one litre cooking pot when not in use."
Singletrack Magazine, 'Recommended'.

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