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Outdoor Clothing Down Valiance Jacket Wmns

Rab
Valiance Jacket Wmns

£273.38 (inc Vat)
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Outdoor Clothing Down Pyro Jacket

Crux
Pyro Jacket

£341.18 (inc Vat)
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£1,167.00 (inc Vat)
Outdoor Clothing Down Suits 8000M Suit Marmot
8000M Suit

When you're on top of the world the gear should be the least of your worries. Primaloft panels and baffled down gives this one-piece suit an advantage for absolute protection in the world's coldest environments...

Special Offer £459.99 (inc Vat)
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Outdoor Clothing Down Jackets MXP DownTek Jacket Millet
MXP DownTek Jacket

Expedition weight down jacket ideal for high altitude mountaineering

£437.86 (inc Vat)
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Outdoor Clothing Down Jackets W's Plasma Jacket Crux
W's Plasma Jacket

A waterproof insulated down jacket perfect for cold wet weather missions

£355.12 (inc Vat)
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Outdoor Clothing Down Jackets Meron IN Hooded Jacket Men Mammut
Meron IN Hooded Jacket Men

A very lightweight down jacket with 900 cuin fill goose down, which is incredibly packable given its size. The Toray ripstop material makes it tougher than the 7D fabric would suggest.

£341.18 (inc Vat)
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Outdoor Clothing Down Jackets Pyro Jacket Crux
Pyro Jacket

Overhauled for Spring 2019 this box wall down jacket has a helmet accepting hood with 180g of 915 US fill power down that puts crux on top of the pile of similar jackets and is a joy to wear. With a water-repel...

£326.29 (inc Vat)
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Outdoor Clothing Down Jackets Valiance Parka Women's Rab
Valiance Parka Women's

Rab Women's Valiance Parka is designed to help you take on winter, no matter how much ice, snow, rain or cold wind is thrown your way.

£286.15 (inc Vat)
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Outdoor Clothing Down Jackets Cerium LT Hoody Men's Arc'teryx
Cerium LT Hoody Men's

A skinny baffled, streamlined, lightweight down hoody that works as a mid layer or stand alone piece for outdoor action in cool, dry conditions.

£273.38 (inc Vat)
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Outdoor Clothing Down Jackets Valiance Jacket Wmns Rab
Valiance Jacket Wmns

Waterproof, windproof down insulated jacket with Pertex Shield, this coat is perfect for the cold winter.

£273.38 (inc Vat)
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Outdoor Clothing Waterproofs Valiance Jacket Rab
Valiance Jacket

Waterproof, windproof down insulated jacket with Pertex Shield, this coat is perfect for the cold winter.

£242.52 (inc Vat)
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Outdoor Clothing Down Jackets Pulsar Jacket Rab
Pulsar Jacket

Rab Pulsar Jacket is perfect for fast-travelling mountain adventurers in cold conditions.

£242.02 (inc Vat)
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Outdoor Clothing Down Jackets Thorium AR Hoody Women's Arc'teryx
Thorium AR Hoody Women's

Arcteryx general use down jacket made from durable face fabrics and 750 fill grey goose down. You can use it as a lovely warm mid layer or an outer layer for cold, dry conditions.

Special Offer £239.99 (inc Vat)
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Outdoor Clothing Down Jackets Positron Jacket Women's Rab
Positron Jacket Women's

800FP European Goose Down jacket, complete with a water resistant outer and a large helmet compatible hood. Perfect for mountain and expedition use up to 6000m!

Down Jackets and Expedition Down Suits

Natural down is a requirement in the coldest of environments, and when low bulk and weight as well as warmth is required. It is still the best and lightest thing around, bar none. However this is only true of high quality goose down and there are many brands on the market selling clothing of low quality down or feathers (often duck) and simply relying on the reputation of down to sell it.

The major weakness of down is its inability to insulate effectively when wet. This means it is not particularly suitable for use in rainy or temperate climates as once it is wet it is very difficult to get dry and lofted properly again. This is where synthetic filled clothing has a massive advantage and with recent developments in technology it is now better than ever!


The quality of insulation provided by down garments is produced by a mixture of the down type, the amount of down used, the ratio of down to feather (the more down the better the insulation), the fill power (its ability to resist compression and to loft- the higher the fill power the better the down),the durability of the down itself and the way in which it is used, ie the construction of the garment. See the Down Sleeping Bags page for an in-depth discussion of down properties, statistics and qualities. Essentially the best down products will use a good amount of down of a high fill power (800+), with very few feathers. Cheaper and less effective garments will often use a high percentage of feathers and will use a low fill power of down (650+). In this instance you would be better looking at synthetic fibre jacketsas they have certain advantages over down products such as the ability to work when wet, something very useful in Britain!


Most of the down we sell is housed within a range of high quality Pertex shells. Pertex is highly wind resistant, light-weight, high wicking (so it stops condensation collecting against the down) and water-shedding (this is enhanced by use of a Durable Water Repellent treatment). There are a number of different grades of Pertex in use, with each jacket using the most suited to its ideal use. Where the lowest possible weight is required, Quantum GL is often used whilst where increased durability and water-resistance comes into play Endurance can often be found.

Crux have long been known and loved at Up and Under as providers of top end, bombproof mountaineering gear. Their rucksacks and waterproofs are amongst the best around, and now they've combined 165g of the highest quality 800 fill power Polish goose down with waterproof, breathable eVent to create the Plasma Jacket. This creates a pretty unique product as it retains the warmth of down but negates the downside that when it gets wet it is next to useless! This follows the warm reception of their previous eVent and down creation, the Crux Torpedo sleeping bag.

Do you operate at the three poles, North, South and altitude? Then the Rab's Expedition range of jackets, salopettes, booties, mitts and suits is the only sensible option, but don't worry because these products are absolutely the best!  

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Up Hill Down Dale - Beacons Ultra

Up and Under will be helping support at the Up Hill Down Dale Beacons Ultra November 2019 so we thought that we'd put a recommended kit list together from our range with a little help from event sponsors Ultimate Direction and Injinji.
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Shell Yeah! Patagonia Makes Recycled Shell Jackets!

With such unpredictable, wet and windy weather, waterproof jackets are a must in this country. We all have one… and maybe some of you even have two. But do you know what it's made of?
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Environmental Responsibility

As an outdoor retailer we're aware that our business relies on the manufacturing, transportation and consumption of gear and related products. In an attempt to reduce our environmental impact, we're making a concious effort to implement sustainable change throughout the business. See what our store is doing and what some of the brands we carry are doing to make a difference.
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