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  • bought one last year you need a new one now Outdoor gear has followed the trend It is simply the way mass production works has to work The alternative offering to make the customer what he wants is simply not possible The complications of allowing the customer free choice are crippling the skill levels required too high the returns from making single personal products too uninviting So how do PHD do it We ve accumulated a lot of experience in making individual outdoor gear in the fifty plus years since Peter Hutchinson started doing it on his own it s been a long road but the complexities are second nature to us now and the skills are there to handle whatever comes along We don t set out to make every single thing you dream up but we are offering a huge range of personal choice Of course the other question is why We do it because we really believe you should get the gear you want and we get a lot of satisfaction out of doing our best to make it for you Skills Each piece of gear is treated as unique to the individual who ordered it and goes through the factory on that basis from start to finish The options PHD offers to customers can create thousands of different versions of our down clothing and sleeping bags and that s not counting the billions of options available on our Design Your Own sites An impossible range to stock so each piece of gear is treated as unique to the individual who ordered it and goes through the factory on that basis from start to finish This way of making things demands a special set of skills The cutters have to adapt to every option of every style which is ordered One sewer then makes the whole item without knowing which product and which of the myriad variations is going to land on her machine that morning The filler in the down room hand fills dozens of different items every day And so on How is it done The way artisans have worked for thousands of years relying on the knowledge acquired by eye and hand and stored in the memory It is a whole different process to factory production as it is known in most of the world True we use the help of computerised patterns specification charts and other memory aids but nothing can cover a fraction of the varied demands which flow in every day except human brains and human skills When a technical problem arises it is nearly always solved by a person rather than by reference to a manual Quality Control The growing product is in the experienced hands of people who will reject anything which does not come up to our standards We cannot claim that our method of QC is better than anyone else s but it is certainly unusual Accepted best practice is to check quality at selected stages of

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  • the bags loft is just insane Recceing the Cape Wrath Ultra Back in a cold and damp May this year Claire Maxted and Sarah Ryan of Trail Running Magazine ran part of the Knoydart section of the Cape Wrath Trail as a recce of the new Cape Wrath Ultra which will take place for the first time in May 2016 The Cape Wrath Ultra takes place over 8 days covering 400km with over 12 000m of ascent The race starts at Fort William and finishes at Cape Wrath at the North Western tip of Scotland Half the race is on rocky trails a quarter over mud streams and boulder fields and the rest over completely un trailed terrain The longest day is a punishing 64km and the toughest is day 4 around Beinn Eighe to Kinlochewe The Cape Wrath Ultra has a bag drop system for overnight kit but if like Claire and Sarah you want to recce the route you ll need to carry a tent and sleeping bag Both Claire and Sarah went with a sleep system approach of combining two PHD sleeping bags one inside the other They ran with our Minimus Bag boosted with our Filler Bag to provide warmth for May s 5 C at the Barisdale Bothy It s a clever system two bags give three options The Filler on its own in high summer The Minimus on its own for the cooler nights of Autumn and Spring and the two bags combined for Winter months What s more two small stuff sacs pack easier than one in a runner s backpack Feedback from Claire and Sarah genius 1st British Expedition to Bilibino Valley Siberia Following a successful expedition to the Fox Jaw Cirque East Greenland in 2014 Simon Smith with climbing partner Graham Dawson are about to be the first British team to visit The Bilibino Valley in the Siberian Arctic Simon and Graham aim to achieve first ascents of a series of newly discovered granite monoliths including The Kommander They ll be climbing alpine style and living for 3 weeks in the Siberian wilderness which is frozen for 8 months of the year Simon will again be taking one of our K Series Rondoy Down Jackets In Greenland he found it had exceptional warmth to weight ratio and was fantastically rugged after the 6 week expedition it still looked brand new despite rough ledge bivis daily wear We wish Simon and Graham all the best in Siberia New Route on Mt Deborah for Jon Griffith and Will Sim Jon Griffith and Will Sim recently returned from climbing the unclimbed NW face of Mt Deborah in Alaska They ve called their new route Bad to the Bone The climb involved about 2200m of ascent in a really wild and remote part of the State Their tent got flattened at 5am on the first night meaning they had to dig a huge snow cave Fortunately the Ultrashell fabric on the Hispar 600 K Series Down Sleeping Bags we supplied meant the bags stayed impressively damp free throughout In fact Jon said they were ace Jon and Will wore our Wafer Down Trousers day and night on the three days of the climb and found them indispensable They also kept their warm feet with our Wafer Down Socks which were great Kili in a Kilt Nick Hopkinson MBE has just summited Kilimanjaro in a kilt Not the first to do so but probably the warmest thanks to these Wafer down shorts we made him We think it s forgiveable not being a true scotsman at 5895m Nick also took PHD Omega down boots for the tent down mitts which were amazing a Minimus down jacket a Toubkal down jacket a Filler down sleeping bag liner a Design your Own sleeping bag and finally Minimus Down Trousers He says all the gear was fantastic and made the trip more comfortable Wall to Wall 2014 Simon Smith and his team mates had a fantastic six week expedition to the Fox Jaw Cirque East Greenland last summer They put up five new routes and repeated three The new routes included Rampant on Left Rabbit Ear E4 6a Simon took one of our new K Series Rondoy Down Jackets and found it had exceptional warmth to weight ratio and was fantastically rugged after a 6 week expedition it still looks brand new despite rough ledge bivis daily wear Read Simon s report on the Rondoy Jacket and the full expedition report Cath Alldred Sion Brocklehurst Robert Durran and Pat Ingram Jorasses North Face 10 for Jon Griffith powered by PHD kit On 2 November Jonathan Griffith completed his fifth route on the Jorasses North Face this season making a career total of 10 That s quite an achievement Jon used our sleeping bags and down jackets on most of those routes With conditions so good this year he could avoid the busy hut and bivvy at the base or on the face Jon says that even if the hut hadn t been so full he would have still opted for bivying given how light your bags are He says that our bags have been instrumental to the routes I ve done this year some of the hardest routes like Manitua and No Siesta were powered by your bags Our unique 1000 fill power down is one reason we ve been able to make our kit so in his words insanely light We ll leave the last words to Jon Game changer is not a quote I use often but what you guys do has undeniably changed how I climb in the Alps and in the Great Ranges Doing ten routes on this iconic face has been well a dream Ed s Packing PHD for his next adventure Ed Stafford made his name as the first person to walk the length of the river Amazon an incredible feat that took more than 2 years Ed is about to start filming

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  • keep you warm on top of Denali or Everest help you to sleep soundly on the Sahara marathon turn a chilly camp in Scotland or a cold trek or even an Alpine bivouac from a trial to a pleasure PHD s ultralight warmwear already covers the whole range of outdoor activities the only company to seriously attempt such a thing Now the K Series goes a step further K Series Extreme Ultralight 1000 down is not just rare it s also very expensive but there s no other way to get max warmth out of every gram you carry All K Series gear is filled with 1000 down The ultralight idea is based on freedom pleasure safety and more besides A list of positives which we believe in passionately But to make it work at the highest level we have had to put in a lot of time and make some tough decisions along the way For a start Ultra performance means going to the limit on materials Take 1000 down for example For years we have been searching it out and using it in our top gear aiming well beyond slimline vests and jackets into a full range of clothing and sleeping bags right up to Himalayan level 1000 down is not just rare it s also very expensive but there s no other way to get max warmth out of every gram you carry All K Series gear is filled with 1000 down We waited a long time for ultralight fabrics to come of age Newest of all Ultrashell has come through our tests and allowed us to cut the weight of proofed outers dramatically Fabrics too We waited a long time for ultralight fabrics to come of age It was test and reject until at last MX

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  • suggest the Hispar 1000 and the Xero 1000 The Hispar is top of its class for lightness The Xero is a bigger bag that will accommodate you in your down clothing The Xero also has a down filled gusset behind the half length zip and water resistant fabric at the head and foot area A third option is the Xero 800 filled with our new 950 fill power down which lifts its performance by another 3C to 30C To maintain your sleeping bag s performance the VBL should be considered The basic figures for the recommended models S bag TOT Min Temp Weight Packed size Hght x Diam cm Price C F gm oz Hispar 1000 46 51 1520 54 27 x 49 707 Xero 1000 38 36 1860 66 25 x 44 637 Xero 800 with 950 down 30 22 1640 58 25 x 44 643 Additional points TEMPERATURE RATING Put simply these are the temperatures at which you should be able to get a night s sleep in normal circumstances For fuller details about the TOT rating see this Technical Briefing LINERS To maintain your sleeping bag s performance a Vapour Barrier Liner VBL should be considered CLOTHING Down clothing is an excellent way to improve insulation by layering up while asleep The Yukon Jacket or the Hispar Jacket are both ideal lightweight items to sleep in DOWN OPTIONS The Xero 1000 sleeping bag can also be filled with 950 fill power down European scale The same amount of down is put in but the TOT increases significantly ZIPS Full length zips extend the use of these bags at different temperatures and altitudes The full length zip on the Xero bag has double down filled baffles replacing the down filled gusset on the half length zipped version PACKED

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  • PHD s superb 950 down which raises the Typical Operating Temperature TOT to 42C The basic figures for the standard models S bag TOT Min Temp Weight Packed size Hght x Diam cm Price C F gm oz Hispar 1000 K 46 51 1390 49 27 x 49 960 Xero 1000 38 36 1860 66 25 x 44 637 Additional points TEMPERATURE RATING Put simply these are the temperatures at which you should be able to get a night s sleep in normal circumstances For fuller details about the TOT rating see this Technical Briefing LINERS To maintain your sleeping bag s performance a Vapour Barrier Liner VBL should be considered CLOTHING Down clothing is an excellent way to improve insulation by layering up while asleep The Yukon Jacket or the Hispar Jacket are both ideal lightweight items to sleep in DOWN OPTIONS The Xero 1000 sleeping bags can also be filled with 950 fill power down European scale The same amount of down is put in but the TOT increases significantly ZIPS Full length zips extend the use of these bags at different temperatures and altitudes The full length zip on the Xero bag has double down filled baffles replacing the down filled gusset on the half length zipped version PACKED SIZE PHD stuff sacs tend to be on the loose side All these bags can be compressed further in your sac Figures for Down options S bag TOT Min Temp Weight Packed size Hght x Diam cm Price C F gm oz Xero 1000 950 down 42 43 1860 66 25 x 44 728 Down Clothing selection The two down jackets of real interest for the Frostskade 500 are the Yukon Jacket and the Hispar Jacket Both are ultra lightweight The Yukon is specifically designed for racers moving

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  • third option is to consider the Xero 1000 filled with PHD s superb 950 down which raises the Typical Operating Temperature TOT to 42C The basic figures for the standard models S bag TOT Min Temp Weight Packed size Hght x Diam cm Price C F gm oz Hispar 1000 46 51 1520 54 27 x 49 707 Xero 1000 38 36 1860 66 25 x 44 637 Additional points TEMPERATURE RATING Put simply these are the temperatures at which you should be able to get a night s sleep in normal circumstances For fuller details about the TOT rating see this Technical Briefing LINERS To maintain your sleeping bag s performance a Vapour Barrier Liner VBL should be considered CLOTHING Down clothing is an excellent way to improve insulation by layering up while asleep The Yukon Jacket or the Hispar Jacket are both ideal lightweight items to sleep in DOWN OPTIONS The Xero 1000 sleeping bags can also be filled with 950 fill power down European scale The same amount of down is put in but the TOT increases significantly ZIPS Full length zips extend the use of these bags at different temperatures and altitudes The full length zip on the Xero bag has double down filled baffles replacing the down filled gusset on the half length zipped version PACKED SIZE PHD stuff sacs tend to be on the loose side All these bags can be compressed further in your sac Figures for Down options S bag TOT Min Temp Weight Packed size Hght x Diam cm Price C F gm oz Xero 1000 950 down 42 44 1860 66 25 x 44 728 Down Clothing selection The two down jackets of real interest for the Yukon Arctic Ultra are the Yukon Jacket and the Hispar Jacket Both are

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  • Ultra Down Vest
    Expedition news Gear News Inside our factory Testimonials Company Ethics PHD Testing ADVICE A Guide to PHD s sizes Ordering Payment Postage Delivery Custom Made Guarantee and returns Race Calendar Technical Briefings Links Customer Loyalty Scheme Contact Us Cart Contents 0 My Account Home Products Ultra Down Vest Product not found Continue DESIGN YOUR OWN DOWN JACKET DESIGN YOUR OWN SLEEPING BAG PLANNING A TRIP SLEEP SYSTEMS Top quality gear

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  • Filler Sleeping Bag
    the fell above my house Inside a bivvy bag I was as snug as a bug in the Combi and Filler So much so that I slept until 8am The temperature dropped to about 6 C S C I used the Filler Bag in the Alps with great success I happily slept in it albeit with a vest and hat on at temperatures down to around 12 degrees C and was perfectly comfortable Saved a lot of pack weight Thanks for a great product the down you use is obviously of a very high quality Mike Jones PHD has reminded us once again why it is one of the world s best manufacturers of lightweight gear with the release of its super light 240g Filler Bag When used inside a sleeping bag the Filler is designed to expand in the unused space and cut off convection currents to add 10C of warmth It can be compressed into an impressively small size zero PHD stuff sac 10x18cm TGO Magazine Features Neck length bag Fits inside main bag to boost warmth Or an ultralight summer bag by itself Unique PHD 1000 fillpower Down Outer and inner Ultralight 10X our lightest ever down proof fabric Construction Stitch through seams for lightness Stretch draw cord with cord lock at shoulder Pack Size 10cm x 18cm Footpiece Ovoid shape to fit naturally to feet and avoid pressure multibox section covers whole foot area Stuff sac and mesh storage bag supplied Colour Navy blue Options Slim and Wide widths Short Long and Extra Long lengths Please note We make our stuff sacs big enough to allow fairly easy stuffing rather than reducing the bag to the tightest minimum Please note For all length and width options we change the amount of downfill to keep the warmth TOT the same Description This is the lightest PHD bag ever for the minimalists But it s called the Filler Bag because that s what it was primarily designed for to fill the space inside your ordinary bag providing significant extra warmth at the lowest possible weight Our Minim Combi and Hispar Combi bags perform really well as overbags adding their insulation on the outside The beauty of the Filler concept is that it works from inside softly expanding into the unused space and cutting out the convection currents The result is a much lighter combi less than a third the weight of our external Combis and a quarter of the bulk Does it really work Yes it does When the temperature s dipping too low for your Ultra K or Minimus bag you ll find this little extra will shift the shivers Of course it s not as warm as the external Combis which will add about 20 C to the temperature rating of your bag The Filler can add up to 10 C putting it squarely in the frame for ultralight camping beyond the summer season It s aimed at boosting lightweight bags but of course it will

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