Find out how the insulated gilets we tested performed



Patagonia Ultralight Down Vest

“This is a lovely garment that’s soft, comfortable and warm to wear. It also really is ultralight and packs into a tiny bundle – a mini stuffsack is provided but it will go into one of the pockets too.”
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Mammut Broad peak

Mammut Broad Peak vest gilet

“The Broad Peak is a comfortable, warm gilet filled with top quality down and with a windproof and shower resistant Pertex shell.”
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Canada Goose Hybridge Lite Vest

Canada Goose Hybridge Lite Vest

“Ultralight, warm and comfortable, this Canadian made gilet is an excellent garment. In terms of performance there is nothing wrong with it, but the cost is very high.”
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Mountain Warehouse

Mountain Warehouse padded gilet

“This is the heaviest garment tested but also the warmest. It’s a chunky garment with a heavy duty showerproof shell and water-resistant zips.”
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Paramo Torres

Paramo Torres Gilet Light

“Sensibly the Torres is designed to be worn over other layers and sized accordingly. The Medium size easily fits over an insulated top or shell jacket.”
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Craghoppers Compresslite

Craghoppers CompressLite Vest

“The CompressLite Vest is the lowest cost garment tested and quite light for one with a synthetic fill.”
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Lowe Alpine Glacier

Lowe Alpine Glacier Point vest

“This Lowe Alpine basic vest is one of the warmest synthetic ones tested but also the heaviest – though the weight or bulk isn’t such that it couldn’t easily be carried in a rucksack.”
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Sherpa Gombu

Sherpa Gombu Vest

“Made in Nepal this Sherpa Gombu is the lightest synthetic vest tested. It’s filled with Primaloft, which is soft, compressible, water-resistant, quick drying and durable.”
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Snugpack SV3 hiking gilet

Snugpak SV3 gilet

“The British-made Snugpak SV3 is a distinctive-looking vest due to the narrow side-baffles, unusual in a synthetic garment.”
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blue Rab Xenair insulated vest

Rab Strata vest

“Most of the vests tested are designed for warmth first and foremost and are great for use when stationary. The Rab Strata Vest is different.”
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