Which to buy
Include a little history in your walks. Pecsaetan - Ancient Derbyshire, Staffordshire and South Yorkshire - http://pecsaetan.weebly.com/
yeah - it could (probably) be wet up there.
Down not recommended unless guarateed dryish or freezing really
A hooded synthetic to chuck on over your shell (or under) will be much more useful than a down jacket.
Rab Photon is good (or Generator Alpine)
Berghaus Ignite Hoody
Paramo Torres Jacket
plenty other brands available
If you want X then buy X. The need for a down jacket is about zero for the particular job in hand though (just stick an extra fleece in, layered under a good shell it'll all you need).
I'm not saying it's useless or overkill, just that it's not needed. My pal Dave is on the list of completed Munroists, doing a significant proportion in winter. His specialist walking clothing was boots and a shell and occasionally long-johns, other than that it was trousers and shirt you could turn up to work in (I rather suspect he did) and a woolly pully. Later on he turned gear junkie and got himself a fleece!
So it's not the case that you ought to get some special insulation to go up, but if you want to use it an excuse to justify some Retail Therapy then go right ahead.
I bought myself a downie about 15 years into my main Munro career, again with lots of winter in there, including climbing beforehand. They're nice but they are absolutely not necessary. Mine mostly gets used camping.
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So it's not the case that you ought to get some special insulation to go up,
Rather than splashing out specifcally for this one event, why not think hard on what you might need in the future? If, say, you might get into winter camping, bothies etc, a down jacket wud be really useful. If more walking, less nights out, a primaloft jacket would be handy, or simplest, another fleece. Maybe thicker or thinner than what you have already?
PHD do a very nice range of lightweight down jackets. I have a Minimus and it's fabulous. I also have heavier, warmer jackets for colder conditions - the lighter ones would be best for you, I suspect - and light enough to take!
Enjoy trip - good luck!
But the OP is talking of spending some time at the summit. I think I'd take a down just in case.
Ever been winter climbing? When you're belaying you can be stood around for "some time", not even able to move much. My entire pitched winter climbing "career" (given up in favour of ski touring) was long before I had a down jacket, or anything like it. You can't get past it being a nice but ultimately unnecessary bit of kit in the UK.
Rather than splashing out specifcally for this one event, why not think hard on what you might need in the future?
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Ian Gibson wrote (see)
As you can see from the Weather forecast for Ben Nevis wind chill is expected to be between -13 and -15 this weekend. For all those that say a down is useless or overkill - At what temperatures would you start wearing one?
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