It's getting below 0 °C in Munich again and I'm looking for cloths for Nepal. So it is about time to get a good jacket. In this article I'll have a look at Down jackets. Down Jackets are a second layer.
The three layers are:
- Underwear: A T-Shirt or something similar that is directly on your skin. Merino wool, microfibre or mixtures are common choices.
- Isolation and Humidity transport: Down jacket or fleece for keeping you warm.
- Weather Layer: Keeping wind / rain away. A softshell or a hardshell, depending on the climate.
One of their quality measures is the fill power. It measures the fluffiness in cuib. The fluffier, the more insulating a given amount is. One online source (Globetrotter) recommended 500-700 cuin for every day purposes and 650-900 cuin for expeditions and very cold temperatures.
Another quality measure of down filling is the misture. The same Globetrotter YouTube video recommended 80/20 for everyday usage and 96/4 or 95/5 for sports.
A synthetic alternative to down is PrimaLoft. It comes in 3 shapes: Gold, Silver, Black where Gold is the best and black is the worst. The weight per square meter determines how warm it is. 100 g/m² is for normal insualtion jackets; 200 g / m² is for super warm winter jackets.
Then have a look at the sewing. If it is sewed through ("durchgesteppt") or ("Boxkammer") might make a differece.
Some jackets you can package it really well where the chest pocket doubles as a stuffsack.
- Buttons to close: nice for ventilation and as an alternative in case the zipper breaks
- Pockets: Front-hip, front-breast, inside - especially the inside one might be important for water or electronic devices!
- Draw chords: At the bottom of the jacket to prevent cold air from comming in
- Elastic part at the hand to make sure it closes well
The ones with green background color were recommended for Nepal.
Self-Stowing Pocket = Self-pocketing: Some jackets come with an inner pocket in which you can pack itself. Some, like the Arc'teryx Jackets, are meant to be self-pocketed into the arms.
|Arc'teryx Cerium LT||336 EUR||5||2||310g||850 cuin||- has thumb strap (Daumenschlaufe); Camp-Jacket|
|Arc'teryx Cerium SV||450 EUR||5||2||410g (M)||850 cuin||Coreloft; Gänsedaune|
|Haglöfs Essens Down Hood||203 EUR||-||-||335 (L)||800 cuin||90/10 Down; 20D; 36 g/m²|
|Montane - Quattro Fusion||270 EUR||-||-||472g||800 cuin||90/10 Down; bad review for cold|
|FJÄLLRÄVEN - Keb Expedition Down||770 EUR||-||-||1240g||800 cuin||Down|
|FJÄLLRÄVEN - Keb Touring Down Jacket||460 EUR||-||-||600g||800 cuin||Down|
|Mountain Hardwear - Ghost Whisperer||300 EUR||-||-||197g||800 cuin||Down; Good cold review at -15°C|
|Patagonia - Down Sweater||155 EUR||-||0||359g||800 cuin||Down|
|VAUDE - Kabru Hooded Jacket III||250 EUR||-||-||380g||800 cuin||Down|
|Rab Neutrino Endurance||340 EUR||4.4||24||585g||800 cuin||Gänsedaune; Good review for cold|
|Black Yak - Bakosi Jacket||500 EUR||-||-||483 g||750 cuin||Primaloft Gold, Goose Down; water proof|
|Black Diamond - Forge Hoody||180 EUR||-||-||430g||700 cuin||Down|
|Jack Wolfskin - Zenon Storm||160 EUR||-||-||435g||700 cuin||Down|
|Salomon - Haloes Down Hoodie||250 EUR||-||-||480g||700 cuin||90/10 Down, 80 g/m²|
|Outdoor Research Transcendent||220 EUR||4.4||193||621g||650 cuin|
|Columbia Frost-Fighter||360 EUR||4.5||670||900g|
|Patagonia - Nano Puff Jacket||210 EUR||-||-||337g||PrimaLoft Gold; 60 g/ m²|
|North Face Tonnerro||200 EUR||-||0||?|
|Yeti Virtue||250 EUR||5||2||998 g|
|Haglöfs Essens Mimic Hood (2)||141 EUR||285g (L)||48 g/m²; 30D|
|Arc'teryx Atom AR||252 EUR||476g||Core loft; Midlayern|
|Bergtagen Insulation Jaket M||390 EUR||798g (M)||100 g/m² G-Loft Supreme; Self-pocketing|
|Bergtagen Lite Insulation Jaket M||330 EUR||430g (M)||60 g/m² G-Loft Supreme|
Notes for Arc'terxy:
- SL: Good review - super light
- LT might be "light weight" (more breathable / lass wind resistant) - see review
- FL - "Fast and Light"
- AR is for All- ARound
- SV is for Severe Conditions
- Fission SV
- ZETA AR
Notes for FJÄLLRÄVEN:
- Bergtagen is the new collection, Keb is the old one.
- Atom LT is a midlayer. I heard it best described as an ice climbing jacket.
- Cerium LT is a camp jacket.
- See what down is suggested for