Trail reviewed various synthetic jackets in the February 2008 issue, including the Blizzard Jacket as a rank outsider. They praised it as an excellent lightweight survival jacket but it clearly isn't the same type of garment as the others tested.
The magazine included insulation tests at Leeds university which were interesting:-
- Blizzard Jacket (reflexcell), £25, 250g, 4.8Togs, warmth:weight 19.2
- Mountain Equipment Aplamayo (primaloft), £140, 535g, 2.7Togs, warmth:weight 5.0
- Rab Neutrino Endurance (down), £200, 648g, 7.4Togs, warmth:weight 11.4
Contrary to some of the other information available about the Blizzard Reflexcell technology these tests show that the warmth to weight ratio doesn't quite double the performance of one of the best down jackets on the market, though it came close. However, this is like trying to compare chalk, cheese and chips!
(This post is copied from "Reviews")