While it doesn’t have the technical features needed for climbing, Kirsty Pallas still recommends the Alpkit Heiko.
This insulated jacket is a nice weight and fit for hillwalking or cycling but doesn’t have as many technical features suited for climbing. The Alpkit Heiko very warm for its weight, and uses 100% recycled fibres for the insulation, which are held in place with the quilted stitching. The shell fabric both inside and out is very soft, but seems like it will also hold up well over time.
- Stars: 4/5
- Price: £134.99
- Weight: 278g
- Pros: Low bulk for warmth, price, weight
- Cons: Handwarmer pockets are too low for hip belt or harness
Fill: 60gsm Primaloft Silver Eco 100% recycled | Shell: lightweight ripstop with DWR treatment | Hood: No | Cuffs: elasticated | Hem: dual drawcord | Pockets: 2 handwarmer, 1 internal chest, all zipped | Sizes: UK 6-20 | Men’s version: Yes
The handwarmer pockets are a good size but are unfortunately placed too low to be accessible while wearing a hip belt or harness. There is a fleece lining though, which is a nice touch, and is also added on the zip guard at your chin. There’s no hood on this model, which does mean it sits well as a layer underneath a waterproof, and the collar can be zipped up snug around your neck for reducing drafts. The cuffs are elasticated and are neat on your wrists but could also accommodate a light glove.
Another nice little feature is that the jacket can be packed into the large chest pocket, which has a hang loop for clipping to a harness. The pocket isn’t stitched in which makes packing a lot easier than usual.
For a less technical insulated jacket, it would be hard to go wrong with the Heiko. You get a lot of features for the price tag, and a lot of warmth for the light weight and low bulk. A very versatile model, which with a couple of adjustments, would be one of my favourites.
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