Sprayway Mylas Down Jacket | Review
The new Mylas jacket features water-resistant down and a more generous than average fit for all-round outdoors use.
'An unpretentious, lightweight, hooded duck down jacket that comes complete with extra pudding capacity and water-resistant down'
Outdoors Magic: No frills design, water-resistant down fill, reasonably light, nice colours, generous fit for a micro-baffled jacket. Decent value if bought online.
Outdoors Tragic: Not that light and not particularly warm given its 400 gramme weight. Generous fit won't suite everyone. Head 'spins' in hood.
Outdoors Grabbit? The Mylas lives in a sort of middle-ground world. It's nicely made and has the reassurance of using water resistant duck down filling, but it's middling in weight, pack size and warmth to weight ratio. On the plus side that water resistant down is a reassuring insurance policy against the odd soaking and a fit that's quite generous means it should suit those who find stripped-down lightweights too snug. Well priced too.
Mylas Jacket Ratings
Outright Warmth [rating score="2.5"]
Packability [rating score="3"]
Damp-proofing [rating score="3.5"]
Overall: [rating score="3"]
Lightweight down jacket / 140g (M) of 700+ fill 90/10 Water Resistant Duck Down / stitch-through construction / LYCRA® bound hood / 'mountain' fit/sizing / LYCRA® bound cuffs / two zipped hand pockets / inner zipped security pocket / Drawcord adjustable hem / Stuffsac included
Full Review Below
Sprayway Mylas Down Jacket - The Stuffing
What's inside is 700-fill power duck down with a water-repellent Teflon-based treatment to ward off dampness. Duck down is cheaper than the more expensive goose variety and used to have a tendency to smell, well, 'ducky'.
'Better processing seems to have changed that and the Mylas doesn't smell strongly at all.'
Better processing seems to have changed that and the Mylas doesn't smell strongly at all. The advantage of the water-repellent treatment is that the down resists water better if you do get caught out in heavy rain.
But also - and our experience backs this up - treated down dries faster and doesn't clump together like untreated down, so the jacket also retains more of its original performance without special drying treatment using a big tumbler drier and 'down balls' or similar to agitate the fill during drying.
Sprayway Mylas Down Jacket - Performance
Sprayway doesn't normally 'do' down jackets, mostly leaving the fluffy stuff to sister brand Mountain Equipment, but new this winter is a pair of 700 fill-power duck down jackets, the Mylas for men and the Lark for women.
It's a neat, unpretentious design complete with a built-on hood, adjustable hem and pockets inside and out. Looks smart too with a colour contrast lining fabric and smooth-running, moulded-tooth zips all-round. Inside the quilted baffles is 140g of 700 fill-power water-resistant duck down.
Bang In The Middle
What the Mylas isn't is spectacularly light or impressively warm for the weight. Some of that may be down to the quilted down compartment pattern, which means more thin seams to shed heat and some, for us at least, because the fit is quite generous. On the plus side it'll fit more people, but if it's loose on you, it'l be less efficient as an insulator.
Pack size is middling again, it's very definitely not an ultra-lightweight, stick it in a pack pocket sort of thing, more like a largish melon...
Water Resistant Down
What is nice at this price is water-resistant down. It doesn't mean you can treat the Mylas like a rough-and-tumble synthetic jacket, but if you do get caught out in a heavy shower, it holds up pretty well and recovers its loft more fully and more quickly than untreated down. Think of it as an insurance policy and you won't be far wrong.
Sprayway Mylas Down Jacket - Verdict
It's not that there's anything particularly wrong with the Sprayway Mylas, it's a nicely specced, nicely made down jacket, complete with upmarket, smooth-running zips - no snagging here - that does a decent-enough all-round job, it's more that it's not really outstanding.
The new Alpkit Filoment we also have in for review for example, weighs pretty much the same as the Mylas but feels appreciably loftier and warmer and also has water-resistant down. And then there's the fit, which is a personal thing, but tends towards the generous side of things.
What we never felt with the Mylas was that deceptive feeling of instant, airy warmth that the best down jackets give. On the plus side, it is nicely put together, has a handy hood and, if you look around, can be bought for considerably less than the £140 suggested retail price tag, which makes it a bit of a bargain for general outdoor use.