I'm thinking about getting a light "summer weight" vest with Primaloft or some similar insualtion, and wondered if any OMers know about any options I don't. The ones I have seen are the Rohan Spark (very simple and decent price), Montane Prism (has pockets, which I like, and also decent price), North Face Zephyrus (hard to get hold of and expensive) and Patagonia Micro Puff (also expensive and maybe warmer than I'm looking for). Any other suggestions, or comments on the ones I've mentioned.
Well Finisterre have a 60g/m2 PL Sport one - here. Seems patterned after their well established one with a slightly higher fill so should be good. Also Pattaguicci do have a nano puff vest which is more the sort of weight/fill you're seemingly thinking of but it really isn't cheap.
Insulated vets of course probably don't come light
Hi Guy - i couldnt get away with using a vest, it never felt warm in summer as i just had a short sleeved base layer under it and my arms got quite cold in the wind. So now i take a Rab Xenon (when wet) or a MB Down Inner Jacket instead - ones a little bit heavier, ones a bit lighter than most lightweight vests. Both feel much warmer as they cover the arms (and the Xenon also has a hood). The OMM Rotor is also a better choice IMO.
For me, i can only see the use of Vests as a booster/additional insulation. I would definitely stick with synthetic, a light down one (e.g. Microlight) would be even less versatile due to the chance of wet weather in the Summer.
If i was going to get a vest i would go for the Finisterre or the Generator.
This vet uses one of these. It insulates all senses.
(Sorry - but someone just had to do it!)
I've got a spark vest and really like it, warmth vs. weight and pack size is good. Great for food stops or evenings.
BTW - I should say that I work for Rohan and got it at a good price. I just wish it had pockets
I've also got the Rohan Spark Vest, which I couldn't help buying once I'd picked one up in the shop. it is so stupidly light. The Montane Prism is similarly spec'ed (on paper) but is 40% heavier for the addition of pockets, that's a personal choice to make.
I'd highly recommend the Spark, although I used it mostly this spring in combination with a (long sleeved) base layer and a (long sleeved) microfleece to provide flexible levels of warmth. I've never understood the attractions of down vests or 100gsm primaloft vests like the Generator, far too warm in the body and/or cold in the arms for me.
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