I’ve often harped on about down vests and how handy they are, but it’s all true. It’s the best insulation piece you can carry if you’re looking at warmth for weight.
Just in from PHD is the Minimus down vest. This version has a Drishell outer for a bit of water resistance.
For such a wee and light bit of kit, it fairly packs in the features. It has a full length zip, lycra bound hem, handwarmer pockets and armholes to seal in the heat, a microfleece lined collar for coziness and there’s even an internal pocket for keep your forged papers to show border guards and the like.
Sticking out of the inside pocket is the wee stuff sack, one of which accompanies every bit of PHD gear.
This has already been a saviour of my day on a number of occasions, it packs away small enough to carry in pack when your biking or running, and has that instant Ahhh… factor that only the soothing loft of down around you brings.
It’s a good fit over a t-shirt for just cutting about and works as well over the Montane Flux I’ve got on test, so this be seeing some mountains (and cafe’s) in the very near future.
It brings me great joy that PHD as a UK independent manufacturer can produce kit with detailing, quality and even on this occasion the good looks to embarrass the big names.
Expect to see a lot of this vest over the coming months.