North Face Plasma vs. Nau Rheostat Jacket

1:06 p.m. on November 6, 2010 (EDT)
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Hey guys, I'm currently looking for a warm, light-weight winter jacket to wear in the cold New York City winters. I've been seeing a lot of really great reviews about the North Face Plasma, almost to the effect that you can wear just a t-shirt underneath. Is this really true, the jacket seems solid but not that warm. On the other hand th the Patagonia Wanaka Down. It's 600-fill down and also water proof. Any ideas on which would be best? I've also looked at the Nau Rheostat: its 850-fill down but pricy. 

Let me know what you guys think!

Nau Rheostat:

Patagonia Wanaka:

NF Plasma:

8:39 a.m. on November 7, 2010 (EST)
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While I haven't heard anything on those jackets specifically, here's my take on down jackets:

Warmest for the weight, on the cheap = Eddie Bauer Dowlight sweater

Warmest for the weight = Montbell Alpine Light Jacket or Westbomb Chilko

10:39 a.m. on November 7, 2010 (EST)
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save yourself $100 and go with Columbia Jackets. 

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