Alf reviews the Sherpa Nangpala Down Jacket, featuring Primaloft for the best of both worlds - Will it be as a good as it says?

PRICE: £200

WEBSITE: Sherpa Nangpala Hooded Down Jacket

WHAT THEY SAY: "Named after the main trading route between the Tibetans and Sherpas of the Khumbu. This jacket is insulated with PrimaLoft® GOLD 750 (a combination of goose down and PrimaLoft® fibres), which has some very special abilities, including retaining 95% of its warmth when it gets wet. In short, this jacket has an incredible warming performance, in an expanded range of conditions."

WHAT ALF SAYS: This is a really lovely jacket, featuring Primaloft Silver insulation, which is a 60/40 mix of goose down and Primaloft fibers that combines the benefits of both, in that it absorbs water 95 per cent slower than pure down, dries four times faster than down and retains 95 per cent of its warmth, even if it does get wet.

You can get the Nangpala in hooded or non-hooded options; ours had a large, helmet-compatible hood with restricted adjustability, but that was our only gripe with an otherwise brilliant jacket. The outer fabric is 100 per cent recycled ripstop polyester and the soft taffeta lining comes with cool snow lion print (or an endless knot for the ladies).

You get one zipped chest pocket and two zipped handwarmer pockets along with two inner stash pockets, and nice little touches like Nepalese inspired zipper pulls and pocket trims. The Nangpala is a delight to slip into – warm, lightweight, functional and good looking – and is one of those garments you’ll wear everywhere from icy chairlifts to popping down the pub. Highly recommended.

FOR: Warm (even when wet) and a real pleasure to wear

AGAINST: Shame the hood doesn’t have better adjustment

Alf Alderson is an award-winning freelance ski journalist who will be working on gear reviews throughout the 2016/17 season for the Ski Club of Great Britain.