The Black Diamond Hot Forge Hoody uses the top Primaloft down blend, which is 70% water-repellent down/30% Primaloft.  The insulation really does feel like a cross between down and synthetic with a slightly slick synthetic feel but also the softness and flexibility of down. I find it very comfortable and quite breathable. It also loses little loft when wet and dries quite quickly, aided by the thin Pertex Quantum shell. This jacket has a good hood with a small peak and a volume adjuster. The lower pockets are roomy but lie under a hipbelt, as do the inner pockets. The lower pockets are lined with fleece, as is the collar, a nice touch. Sizing is on the small side with the medium a rather tight fit worn over a lightweight fleece. The price is quite high but the weight is reasonable. The warmth means this top should be adequate for all but the coldest UK winter conditions.



  • Overall: 4 out of 5

Pros: hood, Primaloft down blend

Cons: handwarmer pockets under pack hipbelt

  • Details: Fill Primaloft Gold Insulation Down Blend Shell Pertex Quantum Hood yes, volume adjuster Cuffs stretch Hem drawcord Pockets 2 lower, 1 chest, 2 inner Sizes men XS-XL, women XS-XL Price Ј280 Weight 448 grams (M)
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