Wafer: PHD's Tiniest, Lightest Ever Down Gear
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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. Each of them the tiniest, lightest package we have ever made. They pack so small that we have had to make a new size of stuff-sac, the 0.5 (8 x 13cm).
- Ideal companions in a cool camp or hut.
- Just-in-case items you can pack without noticing the weight (or the bulk).
- Midlayers to boost warmth.
- Add performance to your sleeping bag: take Wafers as camp clothing and gain the bonus of getting into your bag warm at night and getting out warm in the morning.
- And the most important point: you can have ALL these advantages at one go and the weight & bulk penalty is minimal.
|Wafer Down Jacket||Wafer Down Vest|
|Wafer Down Trousers||Wafer Down Socks|
10X, PHD's First 10 Denier Fabric
We first came across a 10 Denier fabric about 8 years ago: breathtakingly light, but as fragile as tissue paper, it came apart in the hand. Ultralight fabrics have developed a lot since then and we have watched them all the way, interested, but refusing to use any material which would not give reasonable service in a true outdoor environment.
MX was the first modern ultralight fabric we selected, a 15 Denier classic which has proved itself again and again at expedition level. We are now introducing 10X into the range, a 10 Denier ripstop in which we have gained confidence through our own outdoor testing. It is not as robust as MX, but durable enough to put our new Wafer products beyond touch-me-not gear and to let them take their place as genuine camp/bivvy clothing.
This fabric is so light that it acts as the ideal shell for the lightest fill of PHDs superb downs. The Wafer gear may surprise you with its warmth, but the small-panel design could not achieve its loft without the almost weightless 10X enclosing the down.
It is not magic. Fabrics as thin as this do not stand up well to direct abrasion, so we do not recommend the Wafer gear as actual climbing outerwear. And they will melt as quick as any nylon up against a hot stove. But for all its thinness 10X is amazingly downproof and windproof and with reasonable care will go on giving you good service for years.