Alpine Ultra Down Jacket 'Special'

A super-light Alpine down jacket make in our water-resistant Ultrashell fabric and with the addition of hand-warmer pockets
Typical Operating Temperature
Guideline minimum temperature. Sleeping Bag TOT: you should get a night’s sleep, under normal circumstances. Clothing TOT: you should feel warm enough, assuming low/moderate activity. Sleep System TOT: relates to full system. For more details, see our Technical Briefing.
-10°C / 14°F
For clothing, weight is for size: M. For sleeping bags, weight changes with selected length/width. N.B. there may be some variation in the weights of finished products.
295g / 10oz
Shown with optional zip-on down hood

The best down jacket in the world for light & fast

Jon Griffith



  • Offer price £323. Full retail price £403. Saving of £80
  • Rare 950 fill-power down
  • Water-resistant Ultrahell outer fabric
  • Super-light 10X inner fabric
  • Stitch-through construction for lightness
  • Front lightweight zip with internal draft baffle
  • 2 waist level hand-warmer pockets
  • 1 chest pocket
  • 1 internal security pocket
  • Lycra cuff
  • Double-exit shock cord hem
  • Drop-tail back
  • Reflect for night location
  • Clip loop for securing
  • Stuff sac
  • Packed size: 13cm x 21cm*
  • Option:
    • Down filled superlight zip-on helmet-sized hood (+£32, adds 40g)

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


Part of the Midsummer Nights Collection. For June and July only, and at a never-to-be-repeated price.

The Alpine Ultra has been acclaimed as the perfect Alpine Jacket, but it has won friends in the Himalayas too as the ideal example of light and warm. We’ve been asked many times for a special version with hand-warmer pockets. So here it is!

Facing an early morning start, a cold wind high up, even an unexpected bivvy. Whenever you're going to need extra warmth on your peak, it doesn't come any lighter than the Alpine Ultra. It's lighter than fleece, much warmer, packs a lot smaller, and has a 100% windproof outer too.

The water-resistant Ultrashell outer shrugs off the damp and 10X fabric provides a soft, ultralight inner.

The features list includes an insulated chest pocket to keep your camera batteries warm, two waist-level handwarmer pockets, and a large (optional) helmet-sized hood. The clip loop and reflective strips for night location complete the specification.

Note: The optional hood needs to be ordered at the same time as the jacket.

Ultrashell (weight: 40 gsm)

One of the lightest of PHD's coated materials. This ripstop nylon provides complete wind block and good water resistance at minimal weight. Ultrashell gives an excellent upgrade to performance with very little weight penalty.

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.

950 fillpower down

A newcomer to our range. European goose of rare quality. A high value alternative at the top levels of performance. More on our down insulation.

Comments relate to our standard Alpine Ultra, which weighs 60g more:

"Alpine Ultra jacket was definitely the "go to" piece of kit for the whole expedition. Quick on, quick off, stuff it in the pack, clip it to an anchor whilst you sort gear. Drishell is durable enough for arm rappels on fixed ropes and definitely proofed enough for high mountain conditions."
Ben Kane, Guide, Field Touring Alpine.

"Packs to nothing."
Petesy (a.k.a. Peter Macfarlane).

"It's the perfect alpine downie - 330g and rated to -10 degrees - it blows the competition out of the water. Whilst the weight is awesome, you also get a tiny packed size out of it meaning that your down jacket won't eat up half your backpack space so you can go with a small backpack (20L) and keep a light and fast rhythm to your climbing."
Jon Griffith.

"I used the Alpine Ultra Jacket as a belay jacket and emergency outer layer in the Indian Himalaya - I found it to be excellent. It's lighter and packs down smaller than any comparable jacket, and its warmth to weight ratio is second to none. There is no other jacket that I would've preferred to have with me."
Virgil Scott - Imperial College Reru Valley Expedition (Zanskar Himalaya, India).

"Thank you for the fantastic equipment. Everything (including the Alpine Ultra Jacket) was above and beyond what was required and fended off the elements perfectly."
Graham B., on a trip to Aconcagua.

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