The ED Micro Vest Evo is perfect for high-intensity, cold weather activities like ice climbing or mountaineering. The core stays warm while extra heat is allowed to escape through the extremities. Made with the same super-packable Araneum fabric used on our Magic apparel to make it particularly packable and lightweight.
- Alpinism, Ice Climbing, Backcountry Skiing
- Proprietary Araneum fabric is uncoated, yet windproof and water resistant
- Filled with 680 premium-grade white goose down
- Full length zipper with anti-jam system
- Zippered hand warmer pockets and inside chest pocket
- Adjustable elastic cords seal the bottom hem from drafts
- Lycra arm cuffs
- Measured size medium
- Weight – 215 g (7.6 oz)
- Pit to Pit – 53.5 cm (21.1 in)
- Center Back – 69.4 cm (27.3 in)
- Retail – $200
Camp is a company located out of Italy. C.A.M.P. is an acronym for “Construzione Articoli Montagna Premana” which is translated “Articles for Mountaineering Made in Premana.” The company was originally started in 1889, but the production of alpine and mountaineering equipment did not begin until 30 years later. Camp USA is the exclusive US importer and distributer of Camp Technical Adventure Equipment. It was them who I worked with to do this review.
I used this vest skiing, hiking, snowshoeing, and around town this winter. It was not a very cold winter so this vest was an ideal weight under a shell.
The ED Micro Vest Evo is a lightweight down vest made to insulate while leaving your arms free for your activity of choice. The vest uses a baffled construction that is insulated with 680 fill European White goose Down. Down is an incredibly efficient insulator that is very packable and has good warmth to weight characteristics. If you would like to learn more about down as an insulator, click on the banner below.
The main fabric of the vest is Camp’s Araneum fabric. Araneum is a 20 denier nylon ripstop (35 g/m2) that is 33% stronger yet only 10% heavier than 15 denier fabric. Araneum uses a super tight weave to create a water resistant and windproof barrier for the internal down. This is important because since the fabric does not need to be coated, it will have better breathability through the fabric than a coated nylon would. The vest has a full length front zipper with a full-length draft flap to protect from wind coming through the zipper. Around the arm openings is a Lycra cuff for stretch and comfort. At the bottom of the jacket hem is an adjustable bungee cord to block wind from coming up from below.
Other features of the ED Micro Vest Evo is two hand warmer pockets with zippers, one internal zippered pocket and a small elastic internal chest pocket. The vest comes with an included stuff sack for storage. The vest packs down really small due to its down fill and lightweight materials. I also think the vest is sharp. There are three logos on the vest, one on the front left chest and two on the back. The construction of the ED Micro Vest is good except the fact that it loses feathers. Whatever you wear this vest over will have small feathers on it when you take off the vest. I talked to Camp USA at the last Outdoor Retailer Show and they said they are working on this.
I gave the jacket a rating of 1.5 for sustainability because I was not able to find anything on their site about sustainable practices. All the materials of the vest also are synthetic except of course the down fill which is why it got a 1.5 rather than a zero. I hope over time they can find some greener materials that can meet their performance standards.
Comfort Next to Skin (15%)
Ease of Movement (20%)
Torso Sizing (45%)
Since Camp is a European company it has a European Fit. I tend to prefer this fit as it is normally more trim than the typical US fit. This was the case with this vest as well. Initially, I was sent a size large because of this trimmer fit, but it was too large. After exchanging the large for a medium the fit was much better for me. I am a medium in US sizing and have found that I also prefer a medium in most European brands. The vest is comfortably trim on me; I have included some pictures from the front and back that hopefully show this. The bottom hem is adjustable, which is great for when you are out on a windy day. You can tighten the bottom hem to keep the wind from coming up from below. Around the arm opening is Lycra cuffs, which help give some flexibility and also good comfort. There is a full length zipper that has a zipper garage at the top to protect your chin. The collar is a good length, coming up to just below the chin. The fit in the neck is not adjustable but I never thought about it either which is a testament to it being sized correctly. Due to the baffled construction the vest does have some vertical stretch to it, and it never felt restricting.
Water Resistance (10%)
Wind Resistance (20%)
I have really liked this vest. It breathes surprisingly well for a nylon fabric. I think this is partly due to not having any arms. I have to also give credit to Camp not needing a coated fabric to achieve their weather protection. Speaking of weather protection, one of the key points with down is to avoid getting it wet. I can say that this jacket can withstand a light rain, but anything sustained over a long period of time or and outright down pour will eventually soak the fill. Where this vest shines is in layering under a shell. It is trim, not too thick, and has no arms so it is really easy to fit under almost all jackets. The vest has very good wind protection as well. It will keep your core nice and warm. Surprisingly warm for how light the vest is. My scale has it under half a pound.
The vest does seem to be well made. Apart from feathers that occasionally get out, the vest is solid. The nylon shell fabric is thin but tough. The zippers are on the lighter side for weight savings, but I have not had any issues yet. What I like most about this vest is how versatile it is. You can use it for almost any activity; it is great for when you just need to keep your core warm. The four pockets are enough to carry everything you need. One of the inner pockets is large and has a zipper. I found this one useful while the other smaller pocket is too small for an iPhone, so I can only see using it for a bar or gels. The vest stuffs down to about the size of a grapefruit. Therefore, taking up nearly no room in a pack if a little extra insulation might be needed. One last unexpected feature is that the logos are reflective. In case you are out at night on the town or anywhere else it is good to be seen.
Overall, I was quite pleased with the Camp ED Micro Vest Evo. It looks good and performs just as well. The vest is very warm for its light weight making it a great option for fast and light trips. It is also very versatile; it can be used around town, hiking, climbing, skiing, snowshoeing, and even some cycling. It offers a decent amount of weather protection and is great for layering under a shell. Since Camp is from Italy it is more of a European Fit, which may or may not work for you. Personally, I find the fit outstanding. Now only if it did not lose feathers on occasion. The vest is a little steep at $200. As always, your mileage may vary.
- Very light weight
- Trim fit layers well
- Warm for its low weight
- Outer shell breathes well while offering weather protection
- A bit expensive
- Looses feathers