As well as ultralight down jackets Berghaus has also been producing ultralight synthetic garments with the VapourLight Hypertherm range. Equivalent in warmth to a medium weight fleece/windproof jacket combination Hypertherm tops are reversible, with one side being more windproof than the other so the garment can be worn in a wide range of temperatures. The original garment, which I tried two years ago, weighed 163 grams. Now there are two versions, a minimalist Race Smock at 156 grams and the Hoody with hood and pockets at 222 grams. I’ve been using the latter since last autumn and it’s excellent.
Our Gear Editor, Chris Townsend, has pioneered the use of lightweight gear for hillwalking and backpacking in the UK. Here is one of his favourite 10 pieces of kit from recent years