"Astoundingly warm for the weight, and very comfortable. I ended up sleeping in it more often than intended as I was often reluctant to take it off before going to sleep. 5 out of 5 stars."
—TGO Magazine's Equipment Editor, Chris Townsend, following a 400-mile 29-day test in the Rockies.
"This smock-style jacket is incredibly warm for its weight and pack size, combining a windproof and downproof shell with top-quality 1000 fill-power down. The high collar and long body allows variable venting while reducing weight."
—Walk Magazine (who gave the jacket their 'Ethical Choice' award in their test of Ultralight Kit)
Reviews are for our standard Wafer Down Jacket, which is 35g heavier
"This jacket is astonishing. It's the weight of a base layer but warmer than a thick fleece. For backpacking it's ideal. I've used it on my last three long-distance walks, and over an ultralight thin synthetic insulated top it's kept me warm down to -7°C. The low weight and warmth are due to the extremely high fill power down, the ultralight shell fabric, the ultralight zips and the minimalist design.
PHD's down comes from European birds that aren't live-plucked – PHD visits the producers. Most other materials and components are sourced in Europe too. The garment itself is made in the UK. The fabric is surprisingly durable – I haven’t ripped it yet. It's not designed to be worn under a pack without a shell over it, however. It lacks a hood, but a stud-on one can be added. I recommend it as it makes a big difference to the warmth. The two pockets are roomy and just usable when wearing a hipbelt, though the bottoms are cut off.
The Large size fits me comfortably worn over a thin synthetic insulated jacket or medium-weight fleece.
The cost is high but there’s nothing anywhere near this weight that provides this amount of warmth or packs down so well – it can be squashed into a small ball."
—Chris Townsend, TGO Magazine
"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.
— 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'.