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Omega Down Suit

Omega Down Suit
Omega Down SuitPocket detail, HS2 fabricHood in HS2Front pocketAdele Pennington approaching Makalu summit, PHD Omega Down SuitNorth couloir of Lhotse (photo: Domhnall O Dochartaigh)

The Omega down suit was wonderful on my successful summit of Makalu. We reckon it was down to minus 45 degree C on summit day and I was toastie.
Adele Pennington.

Omega Down Suit

Our warmest expedition suit. Warm enough even for periods of inactivity in the extreme cold.
Typical Operating Temp:-55°C (-67°F)
Weight:2,300g (81oz)
Price:£1,076.00

Available Options:

Size:
Outer Fabric:
Fill:
Hood Attachment:
Toilet Access:
Velcro Patches:

Features

  • Superb 900 fillpower European Goose down
  • Waterproof HS2 outer fabric shell with fully-taped seams
  • Inner fabric: Lightweight M1. Black for quick drying
  • Box-wall construction for maximum loft. Differential Cut allowing full down loft.
  • Front closure: 2 way zip covered by double baffle and Velcro
  • Small fly zip
  • Short side zips - ankle to knee*****
  • 7 pockets:
    • 2 cargo pockets
    • 2 handwarmer pockets
    • 1 storage pocket under front flap
    • 2 inner water-bottle pockets with elasticated entry
  • Hood:
    • large size with rear volume reducer
    • elastic face cord with cord ends channels
    • peak
    • sewn on with adjustable front Velcro closure
  • Knees and elbows articulated through all layers
  • Rainbow seat zip for toilet access
  • Ankle reinforcement patches
  • Elasticated waist and elasticated inner back for snug fit
  • Warm Knitted cuffs
  • Internal braces - adjustable for varied clothing - removable
  • Reflector tape on pockets and back of hood for night searches
  • Beard flap
  • Mitt attachments at chest
  • Stuff sac
  • Pack size: 27 x 49cm* 
  • Set options:
    • Tempest outer, 290g heavier
    • Hood attachment (zip-on/stud-on)
    • 950 down (4°C more insulation)
    • Velcro patches on chest to attach mitts for quick in-out usage
    • Under and Up zip as alternative for toilet access.

 

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

Description

The 'walking refuge', with a pedigree of scores of major expeditions into the world's worst conditions. With the great warmth of its full weight down filling it has proved itself a life saver in conditions below -50C (-58F).

HS2 has now replaced Tempest as the standard outer fabric for the Omega Suit, making it lighter, more waterproof and more breathable than before. Tempest remains an option for trips where extra durability is the most important factor.

As used by Team N2i, in the Polar Challenge, by Joao Garcia, the EverestMax team, Paul Deegan, RAF Mountain Rescue, and many others.

950 down option

This option adds 4°C to the suit's performance bringing the Typical Operating Temperature to -59°C.

Technical

Toilet Access on Suits

  • Under & Up zip: The central front zip on the suit runs from the collar, down the front of the body, past the groin and then under and up to waist level at the back. A two-way zip allows access at any place.
  • Rainbow Seat zip: A rainbow / semicircle zip is sewn in across the backside. A two-way zip allows access and creates a drop down flap.
More on toilet access.

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.

900 Fillpower Down

European goose down of very high quality. A truly excellent down with large clusters, consistent quality and lively long-term performance. More on our down insulation.

Waterproof HS2 outer fabric (weight: 88 gsm)

HS2 is PHD's high-spec 2-layer ripstop for waterproof outers on our down. It is light enough to be the optional taped shell on our sleeping bags and tough enough for expedition use in our Omega clothing. HS2 is completely waterproof (when the seams are taped) and offers excellent breathability. Order samples of this fabric & just pay the postage.

Tough Waterproof Tempest outer fabric (weight: 160gsm)

A technically advanced waterproof breathable material. 100% Nylon. Good abrasion and tear resistance, yet offering high flexibility for such a tough material. Order samples of this fabric & just pay the postage.

Sizing

Standard clothing sizing chart

Weight shown is for medium (M) size.

The PHD Sizing Chart below is based on measurements without clothing, exactly the way you would buy a shirt, a sweater or a pair of trousers. A 42" (107cm) chest means that your bare chest uninflated measures 42". Inside Arm is measured from armpit to wrist-bone and Inside Leg from crutch to ankle bone. If you find that you fall between (or across) these sizings, please contact us and we will quote you for modifications needed. Modifications cannot be made to sale items, bargain box items or other products not offered at full price. And if you are supplying us with your measurements, it is always useful for us to know your height, even when you are only buying a jacket.

Size Height Chest Waist Inside arm Inside leg
XS 155-163cm
(5'1"–5'4")
86cm
(34")
71cm
(28")
46cm
(18")
69cm
(27")
S 164-170cm
(5'5"–5'7")
91cm
(36")
76cm
(30")
48cm
(19")
72cm
(28.5")
M 171-178cm
(5'7"–5'10")
99cm
(39")
84cm
(33")
51cm
(20")
76cm
(30")
L 179-186cm
(5'10"–6'1")
107cm
(42")
91cm
(36")
53cm
(21")
80cm
(31.5")
XL 187-193cm
(6'2"–6'4")
114cm
(45")
99cm
(39")
56cm
(22")
84cm
(33")
XXL 194-201cm
(6'4"–6'7")
122cm
(48")
107cm
(42")
58cm
(23")
88cm
(34.5")
XXXL 202-209cm
(6'8"–6'10")
130cm
(51")
114cm
(45")
61cm
(24")
91cm
(36")

N.B. PHD clothing is unisex and made in standard sizes S / M / L and XL, with XS available on Minimus, Sigma, Ultra, and Yukon jackets, vests and pullovers as standard, and on certain other items on request. XXL & XXXL are available for certain items on request, and so are simple modifications between sizes (e.g. Medium width combined with Large length). Please contact us for details.

Allowances:

  • Down Jackets, Pullovers, Vests, Down Suits: sized to fit over thermal underwear & fleece.
  • Down Trousers & Salopettes: sized to fit over thermal underwear &/or climbing trousers.
  • Shell Jackets: sized to go over a down jacket (e.g. Yukon Jacket). To cover thicker down clothing go up one size; to cover base layer & fleece clothing, go down one size.
  • Shell Trousers & Salopettes: sized to fit over thermal underwear &/or outdoor trousers.
  • Shell Suits: D-type suits will fit over down clothing of the same named size; F-type suits will only fit over thermals and fleece.

Reviews

"The Omega down suit was wonderful on my successful summit of Makalu. We reckon it was down to minus 45 degree C on summit day and I was toastie. I cannot thank PHD enough as the suit made all the difference and certainly contributed to my summit success."
Adele Pennington.

"I went to Everest as leader of Jagged Globes' North Ridge Expedition; this expedition included Sir Ranulph Fiennes who I believe you also supplied with down gear. The expedition was successful in placing six out of nine clients on the top ... [The] down suit [you made] to wear on Everest ... worked perfectly and will be using [it] again."
Neal Short.

"Very well made items of clothing with tons of features ... perfect for kiting on the Antarctic plateau where temperatures will be regularly lower than -35C."
Team N2i.

"Summit day was clear and relatively warm, but five days earlier [our] party was forced back at 8500m during the middle of the night in the teeth of a fierce wind storm. This is where the [PHD down suit] really proved its worth, just as it had on a previous attempt when [I] turned back between Camps 3 and 4."
Paul Deegan, author 'Mountain Traveller's Handbook', on his Everest ascent.

"The light down fill [version] is perfect for the Australian Alps region. I've sat outside in a raging snow blizzard and felt no discomfort whatsoever while the rest of my skiing party were huddled together in a storm tent around a heater! I loved the wear patches and reflective stripes! Thanks again guys, this is top notch gear!"
R.H.

"I have just received the Omega suits, thanks. They're great, just [as] I expected. The new inside pockets are awesome."
J.G.

"The Omega suit is fantastic and a perfect fit."
'Lanx', Equipment buyer, UK Reserve Forces Seven Summits team.

More...

Features

  • Superb 900 fillpower European Goose down
  • Waterproof HS2 outer fabric shell with fully-taped seams
  • Inner fabric: Lightweight M1. Black for quick drying
  • Box-wall construction for maximum loft. Differential Cut allowing full down loft.
  • Front closure: 2 way zip covered by double baffle and Velcro
  • Small fly zip
  • Short side zips - ankle to knee*****
  • 7 pockets:
    • 2 cargo pockets
    • 2 handwarmer pockets
    • 1 storage pocket under front flap
    • 2 inner water-bottle pockets with elasticated entry
  • Hood:
    • large size with rear volume reducer
    • elastic face cord with cord ends channels
    • peak
    • sewn on with adjustable front Velcro closure
  • Knees and elbows articulated through all layers
  • Rainbow seat zip for toilet access
  • Ankle reinforcement patches
  • Elasticated waist and elasticated inner back for snug fit
  • Warm Knitted cuffs
  • Internal braces - adjustable for varied clothing - removable
  • Reflector tape on pockets and back of hood for night searches
  • Beard flap
  • Mitt attachments at chest
  • Stuff sac
  • Pack size: 27 x 49cm* 
  • Set options:
    • Tempest outer, 290g heavier
    • Hood attachment (zip-on/stud-on)
    • 950 down (4°C more insulation)
    • Velcro patches on chest to attach mitts for quick in-out usage
    • Under and Up zip as alternative for toilet access.

 

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

Description

The 'walking refuge', with a pedigree of scores of major expeditions into the world's worst conditions. With the great warmth of its full weight down filling it has proved itself a life saver in conditions below -50C (-58F).

HS2 has now replaced Tempest as the standard outer fabric for the Omega Suit, making it lighter, more waterproof and more breathable than before. Tempest remains an option for trips where extra durability is the most important factor.

As used by Team N2i, in the Polar Challenge, by Joao Garcia, the EverestMax team, Paul Deegan, RAF Mountain Rescue, and many others.

950 down option

This option adds 4°C to the suit's performance bringing the Typical Operating Temperature to -59°C.

Technical

Toilet Access on Suits

  • Under & Up zip: The central front zip on the suit runs from the collar, down the front of the body, past the groin and then under and up to waist level at the back. A two-way zip allows access at any place.
  • Rainbow Seat zip: A rainbow / semicircle zip is sewn in across the backside. A two-way zip allows access and creates a drop down flap.
More on toilet access.

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.

900 Fillpower Down

European goose down of very high quality. A truly excellent down with large clusters, consistent quality and lively long-term performance. More on our down insulation.

Waterproof HS2 outer fabric (weight: 88 gsm)

HS2 is PHD's high-spec 2-layer ripstop for waterproof outers on our down. It is light enough to be the optional taped shell on our sleeping bags and tough enough for expedition use in our Omega clothing. HS2 is completely waterproof (when the seams are taped) and offers excellent breathability. Order samples of this fabric & just pay the postage.

Tough Waterproof Tempest outer fabric (weight: 160gsm)

A technically advanced waterproof breathable material. 100% Nylon. Good abrasion and tear resistance, yet offering high flexibility for such a tough material. Order samples of this fabric & just pay the postage.

Sizing

Standard clothing sizing chart

Weight shown is for medium (M) size.

The PHD Sizing Chart below is based on measurements without clothing, exactly the way you would buy a shirt, a sweater or a pair of trousers. A 42" (107cm) chest means that your bare chest uninflated measures 42". Inside Arm is measured from armpit to wrist-bone and Inside Leg from crutch to ankle bone. If you find that you fall between (or across) these sizings, please contact us and we will quote you for modifications needed. Modifications cannot be made to sale items, bargain box items or other products not offered at full price. And if you are supplying us with your measurements, it is always useful for us to know your height, even when you are only buying a jacket.

Size Height Chest Waist Inside arm Inside leg
XS 155-163cm
(5'1"–5'4")
86cm
(34")
71cm
(28")
46cm
(18")
69cm
(27")
S 164-170cm
(5'5"–5'7")
91cm
(36")
76cm
(30")
48cm
(19")
72cm
(28.5")
M 171-178cm
(5'7"–5'10")
99cm
(39")
84cm
(33")
51cm
(20")
76cm
(30")
L 179-186cm
(5'10"–6'1")
107cm
(42")
91cm
(36")
53cm
(21")
80cm
(31.5")
XL 187-193cm
(6'2"–6'4")
114cm
(45")
99cm
(39")
56cm
(22")
84cm
(33")
XXL 194-201cm
(6'4"–6'7")
122cm
(48")
107cm
(42")
58cm
(23")
88cm
(34.5")
XXXL 202-209cm
(6'8"–6'10")
130cm
(51")
114cm
(45")
61cm
(24")
91cm
(36")

N.B. PHD clothing is unisex and made in standard sizes S / M / L and XL, with XS available on Minimus, Sigma, Ultra, and Yukon jackets, vests and pullovers as standard, and on certain other items on request. XXL & XXXL are available for certain items on request, and so are simple modifications between sizes (e.g. Medium width combined with Large length). Please contact us for details.

Allowances:

  • Down Jackets, Pullovers, Vests, Down Suits: sized to fit over thermal underwear & fleece.
  • Down Trousers & Salopettes: sized to fit over thermal underwear &/or climbing trousers.
  • Shell Jackets: sized to go over a down jacket (e.g. Yukon Jacket). To cover thicker down clothing go up one size; to cover base layer & fleece clothing, go down one size.
  • Shell Trousers & Salopettes: sized to fit over thermal underwear &/or outdoor trousers.
  • Shell Suits: D-type suits will fit over down clothing of the same named size; F-type suits will only fit over thermals and fleece.

Reviews

"The Omega down suit was wonderful on my successful summit of Makalu. We reckon it was down to minus 45 degree C on summit day and I was toastie. I cannot thank PHD enough as the suit made all the difference and certainly contributed to my summit success."
Adele Pennington.

"I went to Everest as leader of Jagged Globes' North Ridge Expedition; this expedition included Sir Ranulph Fiennes who I believe you also supplied with down gear. The expedition was successful in placing six out of nine clients on the top ... [The] down suit [you made] to wear on Everest ... worked perfectly and will be using [it] again."
Neal Short.

"Very well made items of clothing with tons of features ... perfect for kiting on the Antarctic plateau where temperatures will be regularly lower than -35C."
Team N2i.

"Summit day was clear and relatively warm, but five days earlier [our] party was forced back at 8500m during the middle of the night in the teeth of a fierce wind storm. This is where the [PHD down suit] really proved its worth, just as it had on a previous attempt when [I] turned back between Camps 3 and 4."
Paul Deegan, author 'Mountain Traveller's Handbook', on his Everest ascent.

"The light down fill [version] is perfect for the Australian Alps region. I've sat outside in a raging snow blizzard and felt no discomfort whatsoever while the rest of my skiing party were huddled together in a storm tent around a heater! I loved the wear patches and reflective stripes! Thanks again guys, this is top notch gear!"
R.H.

"I have just received the Omega suits, thanks. They're great, just [as] I expected. The new inside pockets are awesome."
J.G.

"The Omega suit is fantastic and a perfect fit."
'Lanx', Equipment buyer, UK Reserve Forces Seven Summits team.

More...

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