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Re: Best Down jackets?

Postby Atholl de-Saint » Tue Sep 01, 2009 11:47 pm

Flatlander2climb wrote:Ha, one more new thread for the day. I'm not seriously looking at the moment, but off and on I've considered shopping around for a good down jacket. I've tried them on, love how lightweight but well insulated the ones I've tried on are and I've heard alot of stories about how warm they keep you on those frigid winter days, but never felt like spending the money to get one. Lately, however, I have considered putting one on my list of things to get as I have one heavy coat and its going to be getting a bit old before long. Just wondered what the best down jackets were? Any advice?

I've looked at NF Nuptse and Aconcagua and like both of them, but haven't really looked at any others much. How well made are those, and Patagonia, MH or Marmot's?




Doesn't get any better than these:

http://www.rockrun.com/products-Neutrin ... I-RBNE.htm

apart from spending more money on one of these:

http://www.phdesigns.co.uk/product_info ... cts_id=159
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Postby juliacoreyburns » Thu Sep 10, 2009 5:21 am

okay it is not down, but synthetic insulation ...the Patagonia DAS Parka is the absolute best i have ever tried...used in the Alaska Range this spring and am absolutely hooked.
incredibly warm, water resistant fabric and unique insulation keep you warm and dry even when jacket is wet, great inner mesh pockets to hold warm water bottles, and it has a hood!!
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Postby Princess Buttercup » Thu Sep 10, 2009 6:28 am

Got the Rab Neutrino over the summer and LOVE it. Can't wait to try it out this winter up here...

http://us.rab.uk.com/clothing/down_insu ... cket---19/

Keeps me much warmer than my sub-zero, although I haven't had a chance to wear either in anything more extreme than some Sierra storms (which have been mild at best).

Oh well, just two more cents.

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Postby Aksel » Thu Sep 10, 2009 5:02 pm

PHD as well as Mountain equipment and Rab makes high quality down gear.Personally i only use down sleeping bags,for besly jackets i prefer primaloft insulation.Down is mayby more suited for high altitude use where it is cold and dry.
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Postby ghileman » Wed Nov 04, 2009 9:28 am

The Defiant One wrote:
woodsxc wrote:MH Sub Zero Jacket (the parka is overkill for most things). My Sub Zero was awesome for mountaineering in the Whites this winter and for staying warm on the way to class. It packs down really small and has great loft.


I'll second that. It's not top of the line, but works really great for an all-rounder. Though, I sometimes wish i had the parka, but I'm kinda tall.


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Postby ktnbs » Thu Nov 05, 2009 2:06 am

I have a thin-skinned light and compactable Montbell down jacket which is fairly minimalist. Have a similar synthetic but in my limited but particular adventures in summer conditions I prefer the better compaction of the down one and I like the breathability and feel versus the synthetic.
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Postby vidclimber » Thu Nov 05, 2009 3:59 am

My favorite is the MONTBELL ALPINE LIGHT DOWN PARKA for any thing in the winter around Salt Lake City and WM Flight Series Jacket for fast and lite spring and fall trips. For more sirius stuff I like the MONTBELL PERMAFROST DOWN PARKA. I think for the quality of the down Montbell is a great price.
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Postby connollyck » Thu Nov 05, 2009 5:01 am

FF Volant. Best Jacket out there
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Postby Gak Icenberg » Sat Nov 07, 2009 4:37 am

ghileman wrote:
The Defiant One wrote:
woodsxc wrote:MH Sub Zero Jacket (the parka is overkill for most things). My Sub Zero was awesome for mountaineering in the Whites this winter and for staying warm on the way to class. It packs down really small and has great loft.


I'll second that. It's not top of the line, but works really great for an all-rounder. Though, I sometimes wish i had the parka, but I'm kinda tall.


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