New Insulation to Help You Win Winter!

By Mark Roberts

The chill winds of winter are blowing through Alpkit HQ, fell voices carried on the air. What are they saying? We pull off our bobble hats and tilt our ears into the breeze, straining to pick out the words... “New insulated jackets have arrived,” they say, “to help you conquer the cold and win winter...”

We’ve been beavering away the last few months. Actually, we’ve been beavering away for the last year, and we’ve had so many new products to release that we keep worrying we’ve forgotten some.

We’ve got three totally new insulated jackets for this season: new fabrics, new design features, new technologies... did we mention that they’re new?! Ok we’ll stop, before ‘new’ stops sounding like a word and starts sounding like the noise a distressed kitten would make.

With so much NEW (sorry, couldn’t resist), we thought we’d do a quick overview to help you choose between our small, but perfectly formed insulation range.


0Hiro (BRAND SPANKING NEW)

What is it: A hero below 0°C and master of moist maritime winters – the perfect UK winter jacket; our warmest synthetic layer, using lots of lofted Primaloft® fill and a bomber outer fabric.

Good for: Unbeatable damp-resistant warmth; an outer layer for low intensity activities with a risk of drizzle or sleet; burrowing through snowy gullies in wind-blasted Scottish winter.

Sustainability: 100% recycled polyester liner and 70% recycled Primaloft® insulation. Nylon 6,6 outer to last for seasons and Primaloft® Hi-loft Ultra survives repeated compressions for longer.

Designer's notes:"The 0Hiro is a real get-out-of-jail free card when unexpected weather hits:we've added a 5K/5K waterproof membrane to the outer to give you extra time to get off the hill warm and dry."

Ronnie’s ratings:

Warmth ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Weather Resistance ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Talini (REALLY QUITE NEW!)

What is it: A passport to ultimate worry-free warmth; light and compressible jacket using innovative down-imitation fill from Primaloft®; a windproof outer jacket or a toasty mid layer.

Good for: Packable rest-stop warmth throughout the year; an outer layer for cold and windy hill walks; an ultra-warm mid layer when the weather gets really nasty; damp British camping!

Sustainability: The outer fabric is treated with a C0 Durable Water Repellent finish, which is completely PFC-free – no nasty chemicals!

Designer'snotes: "Primaloft® Thermoplume is the closestyou can get to down levels of performance: the synthetic fill isequivalent to around 600 FPand performs better in the wet than even hydrophobic down."

Ronnie’s ratings

Warmth ⭐⭐⭐
Lightweight ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Fantom (PRETTY DAMN NEW!)

What is it: The cold conqueror; the warmest jacket in our family, with a lightweight ripstop outer to pack neatly into rucksacks and mountaineering-ready features for altitude adventures.

Good for: Instant warmth for stationary activities or moving at altitude in extreme cold; belaying in fine conditions; camping on cold, clear nights; between ‘send’ attempts in grit season.

Sustainability: Downtek PFC-free Hydrophobic down and a PFC free DWR-treated outer fabric. Responsibly sourced (RDS-approved) down.

Designer's notes: "Probably the warmest jacket you’ll ever need - you may find yourself wishing it was colder just so you can wear it! We're really proud of little touches like the cosy tricot-lined collar and pockets."

Ronnie’s ratings:

Warmth ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Packability ⭐⭐⭐

Shop Men's Fantom

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Filoment Hoody (NEW... COLOURS!)

What is it: The feather-lite champion of packability; a micro-baffle down jacket with a ridiculously small pack size for its warmth; a low-profile outer jacket or sub-zero mid layer.

Good for: Fast and light mountain raids; packing away into backpacks and bikepacking bags for cold evenings in the tent/bothy ; low-bulk warmth for UK winter/alpine summer scrambles.

Sustainability: Downtek PFC-free Hydrophobic down and a PFC free DWR-treated outer fabric. Responsibly sourced (RDS-approved) down.

Designer's notes: "There's a reason why you see so many people in micro-baffle down jackets: they're the holy grail of warmth, packability and ultralight weight - theyreally are hard to beat for versatility."

Ronnie’s ratings:

Warmth ⭐⭐⭐
Lightweight ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Shop Men's Filoment Hoody

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Katabatic (NEW... LOGOS!)

What is it: The jacket you’ll never take off; toasty Primaloft® Gold Active fill and air-permeable fabrics for maximum mid layer breathability plus wind-resistance for outer use – two jackets in one!

Good for: Working up a sweat, slogging up cold and windy hillsides; under a shell when the weather gets spicy; unrestrictive warmth for scrambling; high effort activities in changing conditions.

Sustainability: Primaloft® Gold Active uses 45% post-consumer recycled content to increase its sustainability without compromising performance.

Designer's notes: "If you own just one synthetic insulated jacket, this should be it.No more boil-in-the-bag feeling when you’ve left it on too long:the breathable fabric and insulation work as hard as you do."

Ronnie’s ratings:

Warmth ⭐⭐⭐
Breathability ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Shop Men's Katabatic

Shop Women's Katabatic

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