The Good: Lightweight and warm insulated jacket.
The Bad: Curvy ladies might find the fit to be a little tricky.
The Not-So Ugly: Cut and stitching pattern is really flattering.
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There are a million options out there in the down insulated jacket market. Pretty much every top brand offers their own iteration. I’ve owned quite a few throughout the years, but this jacket might be my favorite. The first thing I noticed was how incredibly soft the shell fabric is. Their website tells me it’s made of DWR-treated 10D Pertex Quantum GL ripstop fabric. Which is a lot of words and acronyms that essentially boils down to 1. lightweight, 2. water-resistant, and 3. softer than a newborn fawn.
The 800-fill goose down insulation does it’s job at keeping me warm on cool days, and is also a great insulating layer under a shell in really cold conditions. This insulated jacket doesn’t seem to molt feathers as much as others that I’ve owned. There are a few escapees now and again, but it’s held up really well so far. One aesthetic thing to mention is that the fabric (at least with the Desert Sunrise/Mulberry color) is very see-through, and the feathers give the jacket a mottled look. I don’t mind it, but it’s worth noting.
The fit of this jacket is one of the reasons I keep reaching for it. The arms are wonderfully long! The elastic cuffs are tight enough to ward off any sneaky drafts, but not cutting off your circulation. There are two zippered pockets on the outside (one which doubles as the jacket’s stuff sack), and two open-top pockets inside. The full length zipper tops off at a turtleneck-height collar, which is tall enough to keep you cozy, but slim enough to not be a burden when layering.
The jacket itself is very slim fit, so much so that I haven’t had to use the drawstring in the bottom of the jacket. I own the medium, which hugs my frame like a glove. However, proved to be too tight across the chest for my similar-sized-but-with-better-boobs friend. A size up might have solved her problem. I’d suggest trying this one on first if you’re more than a B cup.
Like I said, this is one of my favorite insulated jackets I own. Lightweight, warm, packable, and flattering make it an easy choice for camping trips as well as pint nights on the patio.
Written by Emily Applekamp
Photos by Dan Rhodes
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