‘Alpkit’s new PrimaLoft Active jacket takes the traditional virtues of synthetic insulation and adds more comfort on the move in a neatly styled, nicely thought-out package.’
Outdoors Magic: Great non-shiny, soft, stretchy feel, a neat cut, more breathable on the move than conventional alternatives, reasonably light and packable, retains loft when damp. Fleece chin-guard adds a touch of understated luxury.
Outdoors Tragic: Works best in very cold conditions on the move, hood has no adjustment and can droop over eyes.
Outdoors Grabbit? It’s a little user and conditions specific, but for us the Katabatic is a very nice light-ish synthetic that’s also useable on the move up to a point. Go too hot and hard and you’ll tend to boil out and take an age to cool down again, but for steady use in very cold conditions, it’s definitely better than a more conventional synthetic jacket. General cut, feel and look are great, but we reckon the hood could be improved with a simple adjuster to allow it to move with with your head and keep it from drooping over your eyes.
Katabatic Jacket Ratings
Active use, cold conditions jacket / 60 gsm Primaloft Gold Active insulation / stretch Nylon inner and outer fabrics / C6 DWR finish / lycra bound hood and cuffs with adjustable hem drawcord / articulated sleeves / microfleece chin-guard / twin zipped hand-warmer pockets / single zipped chest-pocket / jacket stuffs into hand-warmer pocket for storage
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