Just in for test is the Zephyrus from The North Face.
This is entering a major battle zone as several manufacturers are bringing out similar models this year. Fit and detail will mark out the winner, so what have we got here?
278g for this size large, the fill is 40g Primaloft One, the shell is 40g/m² nylon which places it inbetween Quantum and Microlight on the Pertexometer. The cut on this size large layers well, I got in on over a softshell and waterproof combo and I got the neck zip done up too.
Arm and body length are good, the collar is medium height, and the chest pocket is huge (that’s an Inov8 water bottle I’m pulling out very naturally below), the whole thing packs into the pocket as you’d expect.
It’s early days, but it feels warm on, I’ll check that out at a high camp along with the DWR on that outer fabric at some point no doubt.
One thing just occurred to me as I poke at it sitting here, it’s not in the least bit shiny. That will seal the deal for some folk you know.