Chris Townsend examines the some of hillwalking’s most useful garments. On test 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. The windproof and water-resistant stretch shell fabric has a matt finish, unlike the shiny one of the other vests. I like this as it feels pleasant and soft. Other good features are the fleece linings in the high collar and the pockets. The small chest pocket is useful for a compass, GPS or phone. The Large size fits easily over a thin fleece and I can wear it over a light insulated jacket. Warmth is about the same as a midweight fleece. The price is a bit higher than some vests but that’s because of the premium fill.

Reviewed in February 2015 Issue