British Summer – which is the best vest?

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comparing 4 of the best vests


Which vest is best?

Changeable British weather means that it gets a little chilly when you least expect it, and least want it. At such times it’s great to be able to reach for a warm, but compact, extra layer. Here we compare 4 of our most popular mens insulation layer vests .(Also refered to as body warmers or gilets). All of these compact up small to stuff into holiday luggage, all are very effective insulation layer down vests which are windproof and will keep your thermostat spot on in Spring days, Summer evenings or Winter weather. Actually, you can’t go wrong with these versatile, comfortable, on trend men’s vests.

1. Berghaus Men’s Popena III Review

A great fit and very comfortable hydrophobic down gilet. (Hydrophobic down absorbs 75% less moisture than ordinary down so if you get caught in a shower it’s no party stopper). I liked the square baffles. These both look great as well as keep the down evenly distributed around the body. The Popena has comfy zipped hand pockets and is very wind resistant. Really effective as a midlayer or as an insulation layer as, although not weighing much at all (750g ish) this vest boasts hydrophobic duck down 80/20 600 fill.   I also appreciated the internal zipped pocket on this vest. It’s ample room for your phone. However the best feature of this vest over all of the others I reviewed is that it has a really soft inner collar lining that was soft against my chin.


2. The North Face La z Men’s Vest Review

The whole feel of this vest was light, not so full-bodied, but not a lightweight in terms of its technical credentials which are 600 fill European goose down. The La Paz does pack away really neatly in its own pocket – ideal for travelling and packing. Really comfortable to wear and extremely effective in helping to maintain core temperature. I just wore this with a tee-shirt but it would be great over a fleece in colder seasons. No internal pocket, but roomy zipped hand pockets on this neat and compact jacket.

More about The North Face La Paz Men’s Vest


3. The North Face Men’s Nuptse 2 Down Vest

The Nuptse 2 down vest was designed for the mountains and you can tell. This vest is stuffed with a hefty 700 fill down. This give phenomenal warmth and would be the vest to choose if you needed serious warmth. It is designed to zip neatly into any of The North Face’s waterproof jackets. The North Face Nuptse gilets are recognisable and popular everyday wear these days, even though they were designed for the mountains. In the Nuptse 2, The North Face took all that was great and iconic about the Nuptse and improved on it making it less bulky and a sleeker fit with a ripstop fabric. This is a definite winner.

More about the North Face Nuptse 2 Down Vest

4.  The Jack Wolfskin Men’s Helium Down Vest

A shorter cut vest, the Helium is windproof and water-repellent. Exactly what I was looking for, that extra layer to reach for in an English Summer. This down was designed for alpine trekking and hiking, and its lightweight (around 375g) is ideal for travelling or walking.  The Helium Vest stows into its own pocket very conveniently. The narrow baffles give a distinctive, on trend look and keep the vest compact. Zip up pockets complete this light, comfortable, 700 fill 90/10 duck down gilet.

More about the Jack Wolfskin Helium Down Vest


When all is said and done we really liked the Berghaus Popena III for comfort and easy to wear. Let us know which is your favourite or feel free to ‘big up’ your choice of vest on our Facebook page






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