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Katabatic [Mens] primaloft gold active jacket

Katabatic Mens synthetic insulated jacket


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Primaloft Gold Active insulated jacket for warmth in cold weather activities, be it fat-biking through a Cairngorm blizzard or climbing Alpine icefalls.

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Hooded jacket with Primaloft Gold Active, designed to keep you comfy doing anything from fat-biking through a Cairngorm blizzards, through to climbing Alpine icefalls or hillwalking in the Peak District.

Riding through the Utah canyons, rock climbing in Pembroke, unseasonably cold summer camping in Europe, throwing on after pretty much every watersport conceivable… The Katabatic is so comfortable, I’ve even slept in it!

Katabatic is so versatile, that we couldn’t possibly mention all the activities it’s been used for without writing a novel. A combination of toasty yet breathable Primaloft Gold Active Eco insulation, with rustle-free, comfortable, and stylish fabric makes this jacket well-suited to anywhere from an Alpine icefall to the office - (I’m wearing mine right now).

Katabatic was designed with light activity in mind, an air permeable outer boosts breathability. The fabric’s stretch allows a flattering cut, featuring fewer seams and stitching so that the fabric can move with you.

Thoughtful features, such as a simple hood, hand warmer pockets, and a chest pocket make the Katabatic a jacket that you’ll never be without.

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Key features
  • Versatile Primaloft Gold Active Eco jacket for cold weather activities
  • Primaloft insulation retains thermal properties when wet
  • Primaloft Gold Active Eco is breathable and provides more warmth for its weight
  • Comfortable and stylish fit
  • Active cut: articulated arms
  • Breathable, stretchy and rustle-free outer for active use
  • Simple insulated hood
  • Zip baffle and chin-guard to fend off the draughts
  • 2 zipped hand warmer pockets
  • 1 zipped chest pocket for valuables
  • Adjustable drawcord hem
  • 3 Year Alpine Bond
Vital stats

Fill: Primaloft Gold Active Eco, 45% post-consumer recycled materials
Fabric: 20d 92% nylon 8% PU, 53 gsm
16 CFM air permeability


S: 420 g; M: 455 g; L: 480 g; XL: 505 g; XXL: 530 g

Origin: China

Environmental Considerations


Primaloft Gold Active Eco is designed to work with the more breathable fabrics, so we use it to make insulated garments that you can be active in. The synthetic fibres have a water repellent coating which lets them retain thermal qualities when wet and are made from 45% recycled materials (like plastic bottles). Winner!

Size chart Synthetic Jackets Mens
Men's synthetic jacket size chart
Chest (inches) 37" 40" 43" 46" 49"
Waist (inches) 30" 32" 34" 36" 38"
This size chart indicates the body measurements our garments are designed to fit. Measure yourself as described below, and use the size chart to find your size.
Chest: measure around your chest at the widest part. The tape measure should pass under your arms, and be level from front to back.
Waist: measure around your waist at the narrowest part.
Hips: standing with your feet together, measure around your hips at the widest part.
What You Say: Customer Reviews and Comments

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Best so far!

I've a few down Alpkit jackets but this beats them all. Whilst it's not quite as warm as the Firn it certainly isn't far off. It's also pretty compressible. The fit is excellent (L for me at 6ft 3 in and 90 kg) and it feels pretty bombproof. The material hasn't shown any signs of snagging and I've also washed it a couple of times in the six months I've had it. Dries quickly and just seems better suited to the UK weather than down. I've worn it in very poor weather under a shell and it works a treat. I'm really very impressed.

James C
lightweight and warm, a fab coat

Got the coat last week, been wearing it ever since. Looks great, the fit and cut is spot on, it feels wonderfully light to wear. And so wonderfully warm, and it it feels effortless doing it. For cycling I wish there were back pockets but the front pocket is perfect for a phone.

A super versatile jacket

The Katabatic Jacket hits the sweet spot between insulation and breathability, ideal for moving around in the colder damp months it is surprisingly water resistant and seems to shed rain rather well and stays dry on the inside next to your skin where it counts. Super useable with a lovely fit, it looks as good on the hills as it does down the pub and should last a good while.

Katabatic Insulated Jacket

Since I've bought this it's been used for walking around town, riding to work, camping out, working as a horse groom, mountain biking and a few others between.

I've found it works very well, it keeps you warm but not sweaty, though if you are working hard and it's hot don't expect miracles. It also looks good and is incredibly comfortable.

I'm 6ft with broad shoulders and find the XL is a nice fit but slightly loose, however this works well for most activities where you don't want to feel too tight. The L is tighter but due to the material used it doesn't restrict anything, more stylish for walking around or general use.
Well worth it, I don't go to many places without one now!

Love Mine

Not much to say, only worn mine a few times since I bought it , been good weather here, but I love mine, really light , the occasions I've used it been really nice and snug, constant chilly wind you do suffer eventually but I don't think it's marketed as windproof so it was better then expected. Just need to save up for the Definition now, I think toggles on the pulls would be nice as "knots" are a bit cheap looking regardless of intention.

Aleks Kashefi
Seriously in love

I've worn this jacket almost on a daily basis, used it as a warm layer while wild camping, worn it on runs in full on mountain conditions and it's never let me down! It's light weight and stupendously warm for its weight. The hood is big enough to fit over a hefty bobble hat. The only two things I'd say are that if you run with it on, it'll get damp (which doesnt stop it being warm) so a long sleeve base or mid layer helps, although this only effect the jacket if your doing something really active in it. Also, It'd be great to have a hood that has the simple and effective adjustment that the gravitas hood has. That'd make the hood even better, esepcially if you get caught in some seriously windy conditions.

Very impressed so far

I've had this jacket for 3 weeks now, having been tempted into buying it when it was in the sale. I didn't need another jacket until I started thinking about how much I did 'need' a jacket like this. It was therefore a bit of an impulse purchase rather than a carefully considered kit choice.
However, it's impressed me (as most stuff Alpkit does). It's suddenly my go-to jacket for everyday wear. It's lightweight but warm, well insulated throughout, perfect sized pockets, and well fitted. Because it moves with your body well it's not cumbersome to wear. I like its simplicity and functionality. I also like the long cut it has which helps keep my 'posterior' warm.
Sure, you could ask for adjustment on the hood, or an internal pocket, or armpit zips... but each of those would add to the cost without massively adding to the functionality of this jacket. I have no regrets about identifying the gap in my jacket collection that this has now filled, and giving it a long life of adventures and day to day life.


Only had it for a few weeks but I can already tell it's going to be something I'm constantly wearing on the hill and off. The warmth is amazing and the attention to detail in the design of the jacket is stunning; I'm really impressed on how light weight it is for the warmth delivered. I'm now totally sold on primaloft as a go to insulator.

I would pay good money to see a primaloft vest in the same series as this jacket to make up a layeting insluslating system for winter walking.

Brilliant jacket - huge step up for Alpkit

I took a risk pre-ordering this as the spec looked excellent and I have plenty of Alpkit gear. When it was arrived you could see this jacket was inspired by a certain company beginning with A, and ending with X. But that's no bad thing! This more than matches it for quality. The fit is great and slightly fitted - a big step up from previous Alpkit gear which has been a little boxy. (I'm 6ft, 34" waist, 42" chest and bought a large) I like the extra bit of length in the body and the arms are nice and long for reaching up. I like the way the hood also acts as a high collar when it's down. The warmth is amazing - much warmer than my old Rab Alpine Generator. I haven't tested the breathability too much yet. The colour is also really smart - also an improvement on some previous Alpkit colour choices.

Now I'm just dreading more of these appearing - for now I am liking the exclusivity of being one of the first buyers grin

Alpkit Katabatic What a lovely jacket.

Pre-ordered one as soon as I heard alpkit were making a primaloft gold jacket. First impressions it doesn't disappoint really comfortable jacket the matte finish is very soft and the fleece at the top of the zip is a lovely touch. Im 6ft slimish and large fits pretty well good length on the arms with a good fit round the body. Only worn it in the currently freezing city look forward to taking it out and testing it properly. Lovely warm and comfortable.

My go-to warm jacket

always in my rucksack for any trip. No longer bother with a down jacket as they're really not that useful in the UK. Love the soft semi breatheable finish, much less like wearing a bin bag than most synthetic jackets. Warm enough but not silly , light and simple. A bit fragile especially the seems, but otherwise perfect. So far my favourite bit of Alpkit kit, though I've a Morphosis in the post so watch this space.

Great all rounder but is it tough enough?

I’ve only had this a few weeks but already had some good use out of it albeit not in too cold conditions. I’ve been on a few mountain walks where it’s been windy and this keeps it out along with a good shower. I was impressed with the DWR considering it’s not a waterproof!
It also came with me on a trip to Spain as it packs up light but also looked smart enough in the evening.
My only criticism is the toughness of the shell, somehow I’ve gained a small hole on the lower left waist already. I’d had expected it to be tougher to be honest as it’s only had walks and no scrambling or climbing.

A great all rounder

Love this jacket. I’ve had it now for over a year and it’s become my first choice as soon as the temperature drops low enough. Whilst it’s definitely more breathable than most insulated jackets, I still can’t wear in temperatures much above 5deg if I’m active. The hood is a little loose and bellows in the wind but it’s still great to have. Fit in the body and arms is perfect. Love it.

Katabatic - mens

My suggestions would be to offer it with higher harness compatible pockets and a larger re-designed hood as perhaps a katabatic vertical option. While keeping the current low pocket version with a slightly re-designed hood so you can see where you are going more easily.

Almost Perfect

A fantastic jacket , good arm &body; length .Pockets positioned at the right level .
My only negative is the lack of a volume adjuster on the hood makes for obscured vision at times

Great jacket

I have used this jacket ice skating, backcountry skiing, biking around town and just generally playing with the kids outside. It don't use it for the highest intensity activities, but for light activities it does its job great. Typically temperatures with this jacket are from -15C to +5C depending on the layering underneath.
Scandinavian winds are cold and I could use a higher collar, as I always need to wear a scarf of some sort, but that may be just a personal preference.
I have had it for one year now, and as expected, it is still looking good!

Andy Pryke
Super snug

Love this jacket, its great that it packs small, So I can stow it on the bike ready for when I stop, only gripe is that the stitching on the zip has begun to come away after 3 months, and not a huge amount of use, so will have to send back, but I'm sure of great customer service from Alpkit

nearly a brilliant Jacket.

the jacket is warm, light, packs down nice and smallish.
the inclusion of a hood and the slightly longer cut around the backside makes a lot of difference. synthetic insulation is great for wet UK weather.

a few minor alterations to the jacket would get 5 stars.
i like to see the small front pocket, placed inside the coat
that gives the jacket a cleaner un- clutter look. the longer sleeves
would be suited to have thumb loops...Like the Rab Alpine jkt.

Oh, those tiny knots on the strings on the front hand pockets
are tacky.....a nice shape pulley...would look smarter and be
far better if you have gloves on. still a very good bit of Kit.

Poor seams

I like this jacket but the seams are very poor, the cotton threads slackened very fast, after few normal usage. I'm only disappointed from this because this jacket is very good in all the other features..

What They Say: Kudos - Product Reviews from independent magazines and websites

UK Hillwalking Review Katabatic

Whether you're climbing, walking or even running, this is a great item of winter clothing that will obviously find a use in the warmer months too

UK Hillwalking

UK Hillwalking February 2017 - Dave Saunders

OM Reviews 2016/17 New Product

immediately impressive

Outdoors Magic

Outdoors Magic December 2016 -

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