I think those jackets cover a range of conditions from cool spring night in the Lake District (eg MH Nitrous) to serious Scottish winter and beyond. All good jackets so far as I know, having used some and heard of others, but I couldn't recommend one above the other unless I knew what the main use would be.
What size are you?
I have a Rab Summit, rated @ -20c, size small, blue, for sale.
Though I'm not sure how much would cost to post to US.
Just a thought,
Hope you get a good jacket. Your side of the "pond" you could se if any of the outdoor shops are having a sale
I'd have to say the Montane North Star is the best of the bunch imo. It has a good droptail to keep ur backside happy, the build quality is the best ive seen. Ukranian goose down is as good as it gets, the hood has baffles that fit around the head well and the peak fabric is much softer than a rab neutrino endurance that i have in pertex. The Montane also has excellent DWR. Water instantly beads up and rolls off. My wife absolutely loves hers.
About the same as the Vega (or NE) so -5ish (give or take a massive amount!)
Backpackinglight actually did a very detailed study of its non hooded predecessor - and a lot of the competition - although I seem to have let my subscription lapse so can't check details. iirc it had it at the top end of their 'three season' jackets warmth wise.
(American seasons that is.).
I'm continually baffled as to why America has managed to hold onto the old (slightly silly) set of english measurements
(not that the UK is anything like purely metric.).
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