Also available in custom sizes. We make clothing to order, so if you’re not a standard size we can make it to fit. To order a non-standard custom size, select the Custom Sizing tab, choose your body width, and then the body/arm lengths, shorter or longer, that work for you. A custom size takes us a little longer (typically two weeks longer) to make and, because it’s personalized, it’s non-returnable and our customer loyalty scheme can’t be applied.
Part of PHD’s trio of synthetic filled Belay smocks (the Epsilon, Alpha and Zeta, with TOT* ratings of -5°C /-10°C /-20°C respectively), these technical insulating tops are perfectly adapted to wild, wet, unforgiving conditions: typical Scottish winter, essentially. It doesn’t end there though: demanding routes in demanding conditions – whether on steep water ice, big mountain faces or classic mixed test-pieces – are where these smocks belong, and those conditions will be familiar to climbers throughout Scandinavia, the Alps, the Arctic and Patagonia.
Equally at home when climbing or on the belay ledge, if you choose to swap one smock between two of you as you change over at belays, you’ll find the cut is roomy enough to fit over your outer layers. If you’re keeping it for yourself though and climbing in it all day, the fit is nevertheless trim and efficient: ideal for wearing under your harness.
Freedom of movement is essential for a climber’s smock, and so of course is protection from the elements. The climber-specific fit, waterproof fabric (with taped shoulder seams), grown on hood, full length water-resistant zip, extra body length, and pocket locations make for a solid, dependable smock which allows you to just get on with the task at hand. These features are repeated throughout the collection, and with different levels of warmth to choose from, these belay smocks prepare you for a vast range of winter climbing adventures.
The trio share the same feature list but have different thickness of Primaloft insulation:
In our experience Primaloft Gold® absorbs water much more slowly than other waddings, a marked advantage in wet-cold conditions. Effectively, if you can retain warm air in the insulation rather than replacing it with cold water, the garment will stay much warmer.
Please note: this smock is designed and sized to be worn over top / outer layers. It provides additional warmth on cold belays and can be swapped between climbers at pitch change-overs. If you want a trimmer more athletic fit select the next size down.
*TOT: Typical Operating Temperature
Outdoor photos: Paul Horsman.