The Torres Jacket doesn’t really fit into the category of lightweight insulated jackets (so it’s overall score won’t be affected by how it scores in these categories), coming in at a pretty heavy 634g and taking up the space in your rucksack to match, but Paramo doesn’t do a lighter version and it’s worth including the East Sussex-based company as it has a new way of thinking on the insulated jacket front.~
Paramo is well known for doing things differently, but in the case of the Torres Jacket it suggests a whole new world order. Not only is it OK to get the Torres wet, it’s also suggested that you put it on over your wet waterproof jacket when you reach a summit or stop for a break. Wearing any layer over a wet waterproof is against our national psyche and takes some getting used to, but here’s why you can.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 December 2011 11:09
On test: Montane's Flux Jacket, £130
Written by Rosie
Tuesday, 13 December 2011 10:47
I’m always happy when the cheapest jacket on test scores highly, and that’s certainly going to be the case with Montane’s offering.
The Flux is a synthetic jacket that uses a PrimaLoft Eco fill. PrimaLoft is a tried and tested synthetic alternative to down, offering good warmth to weight, and PrimaLoft Eco uses 50% recycled materials for environmentally friendly insulation. It’s also light and water resistant which, combined with the material used on the Flux’s outer – Pertex Microlight, a notoriously lightweight windproof fabric with a good durable water repellent (DWR) – combine to give a light, packable jacket that unlike down jackets you can get wet.