Wafer Down Vest (sale)

Our superlight insulated vest. A combination of our water-resistant Ultrashell fabric and our exceptional 950 fillpower down.
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.
0°C / 32°F
Weight
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.
175g / 6oz
Price
£172.00
Wafer Down Vest (sale)

I am very, very, pleased with this purchase. It's always going to find a place in my pack for cool weather walking and backpacking"
Andy Howell

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Features

  • 28% less than our standard version
  • Available until 21 April
  • PHD's exceptional 950 fillpower Down
  • Outer fabric: water-resistant Ultrashell
  • Inner fabric: lightweight M1
  • Stitch-through for lightness
  • Pockets: 2 zipped hand-warmer pockets
  • Full length front zip backed by under-baffle
  • Drop-tail back
  • Lycra edging on hem and armholes
  • Stuff sac – size 0.5 (8 x 13cm)*
  • Optional stud-on hood with Lycra edging (+£38)
  • Colours: Navy blue or Light grey

Description:

Available until 21 April.

Wafers are ultralight down clothing from PHD. Real outdoor gear which will add a raft of choices to your gear selection.

One of the smallest lightest packages of warmth we offer. Full zip front with two zipped handwarmers, all at 175gm inside our half-size stuff sac. The Wafer vest will fit snugly under any of our down jackets, even the Minimus or the Yukon.

We’ve chosen our light-weight water-resistant Ultrashell outer fabric to help shrug off damp snow or condensation drips in a tent, and we’ve selected the exceptionally high quality 950 fillpower down for superb warmth to weight performance.

This is the ideal warmer for spring or autumn camping, when that cold little evening wind makes the sunny afternoon a distant memory. And if the night's a bit colder than you expected, keep the Wafer Vest on inside your bag: a definite booster, particularly if you've got the Wafer trousers on too.

  • Ideal companion in a cool camp, bothy, or hut.
  • Pack without noticing the weight (or the bulk).
  • Midlayer to boost warmth: warmer than a fleece weighing more than twice as much, and windproof too.
  • Add performance to your sleeping bag.

28% less than our standard version.

Dispatch time: As with all PHD products, these are made to order and by hand. We estimate it will take us around 4 to 6 weeks to make and dispatch sale orders. During busy periods it may take a little longer.

Please note: although the garment pictured in the video is in black M1 fabric, we are offering navy blue and light grey water-resistant Ultrashell versions in this sale.

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.

Lightweight M1 fabric (weight: 39 gsm)

Lightweight silky microfibre. This close-weave 20 denier fabric is fully downproof, but also light and flexible enough to allow the down full loft. A reliable performer that has been the basis for much of our lightweight gear for some time.


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.

"I've used it a hell of a lot, both on the hills and in just about every other scenario I can think about. I find this a truly superb piece of kit. 

There are two good hand warming pockets that have a generous capacity. 

The vest is lovely and warm when zipped up. PHD rate this as useful down to zero but I think you'd be happy wearing this, perhaps, down to -5°C.

One of the main advantages of the Wafer Vest is that it is thin. This easily will slip under your shell jacket so that you can wear it while walking. I bought this jacket for extra warmth while moving not for extra warmth in camp and I think works very well for what I wanted it to do.

Wearing this vest under my jacket protects the down and adds little extra bulk. Although you want to keep down away from water down does wick steam and water vapour well. When working hard on the hill the vest is always very comfortable. 

When the temperature begins to rise a simple opening of the front zip will loose a lot of heat. When completely un-zipped the jacket is so thin and light that you almost don’t realise you are wearing it.

The outer fabric of the vest is also very light but it doesn't seem too fragile and has coped well so far struggling through the usual woodland but remember this vest is designed to be worn under other protective layers.
I am very, very, pleased with this purchase. At 190 grams it is always going to find a place in my pack for cool weather walking and backpacking."

Andy Howell. Read full review

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