Filson were founded in Seattle, way back in 1897, by a man called Clinton Filson. At a time when thousands of fortune seekers were heading north as part of the Great Klondike Gold Rush, your man Filson saw a golden opportunity to kit them out in gear that’d help them survive the unimaginably brutal conditions they would face. His company has been making functional clothing for the outdoors ever since.
The Ultra-Light is one of Filson‘s most recent releases, and we’re digging it.
While this is a good-looking jacket (in our humble opinion) we can assure you there’s certainly no case of fashion over function here, not when PrimaLoft Gold is involved.
If you’re not already familiar with it, PrimaLoft is a synthetic insulation that feels very similar to down and isn’t that far off it when it comes to thermal efficiency. What is really great about this type of fill however, is that it’s able to provide insulation even when it gets wet – only losing 2 per cent of its capacity apparently.
There are a number of variations of PrimaLoft, and Gold, as you can probably guess, is right up there at the top level.
There’s 60g-worth of this PrimaLoft fill in the Filson Ultra-Light and it’s all housed within a ripstop Cordura nylon shell which is amazingly tough and durable despite its soft and light feel. This should certainly be capable of fending off anything from a rogue branch to rough boulder edges.