PHD Mountain Software

Wafer: PHD's Tiniest, Lightest Ever Down Gear

Wafer Down Jacket Compared
Weight
(gm)
Packed Bulk
(cu.cm)
Wafer Jacket 190 880
Wool Sweater (av) 400 2400
Fleece (mid/light) 500 2600
Fleece (thick) 600 3600

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).

All our new Wafer gear uses: 10X our first 10 Denier fabric—robust yet astonishingly light; and our 900 fillpower down—the best we have handled in over 50 years in the business
Wafer Down Jacket Wafer Down Vest
  • Weight: 190g (7oz)
  • 2 zipped hand-warmer pockets
  • Full length front zip backed by under-baffle
  • Lycra edging on hem and cuffs
  • Stuff sac – size 0 (10 x 18cm)
  • Optional stud on hood with Lycra edging
  • Weight: 130g (5oz)
  • 2 zipped hand-warmer pockets
  • Full length front zip backed by under-baffle
  • Lycra edging on hem and armholes
  • Stuff sac – size 0.5 (8 x 13cm)
  • Optional stud on hood with Lycra edging
Wafer Down Trousers Wafer Down Socks
  • Weight: 130g (5oz)
  • Adjustable shock cord at waist
  • Lycra edging at ankle
  • Stuff sac – size 0.5 (8 x 13cm)
  • Weight: 45g (2oz)
  • Lycra edging at ankle
  • Stuff sac – size 0.5 (8 x 13cm)
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.

9,000 metres of the yarn used to weave our 10X fabric weighs just 10g, that's about the same as a £1 coin!

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 PHD’s 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.