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We test the latest highly packable performance insulation layer from Black Diamond, the Hot Forge hoody
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The draught-dodging, close-fit cuffs and clever hood
The reality that something this good is going to cost

The Hot Forge is stuffed with PrimaLoft Gold Insulation Down Blend, which is a mix of 30 percent synthetic Primaloft fibres and 70 percent goose down with a DWR water-repellent treatment to fend off loft-reducing moisture from both inside and outside the hoody. With even the zippered chest pocket insulated inside and out, the Hot Forge certainly lives up to its name and gives cosy, warm comfort in temperatures well below freezing.

Available in blue, green and black, you also get a clever adjustable, helmet-compatible hood – with adjustment at the sides and back to shrink it to your head, zippered hand pockets, a drawcord hem and stretch gusseted cuffs to keep the wind out and the warmth in.

Comfort is further ensured with a high neck and a deep band of micro-fleece lining around the neck. The Pertex Quantum ripstop shell and lining – both DWR treated – should also mean your jacket remains snag-free and rip-free for quite some time.

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