Mountain Hardwear Sub Zero Vest
Fabric: Polyester Z Rip
Price Paid: $79.99
I bought it on sale for 80$, so for a quality down vest, it was pretty cheap. It was much too warm to wear while backpacking in 20º weather with snow on the ground, so I'd say it stands up to the insulation test.
It can be a bit tricky to figure out how to fold it up to fit in the included stuff sack. It's awesome for backpacking! Reinforced shoulders, a stuff sack, and light weight combine to make this the king of backpacking winter vests (on a budget). It kept me warm through the night while wearing it bundled up inside of my 0º synthetic bag in a 3-season tent. Nice even fill, good and thick.
Fill: Down (European/Chinese Mix)
Price Paid: $85
This is warm yet compresses down into a small bag (provided). Arm holes are cut so that you have good movement, but drafts don't get through. Collar is warm and zips up as well. Pockets on front and inside are handy. Looks Nice. Reasonably priced. If you want lighter and don't mind spending another $50 look at the Phantom but I think this is a better value.
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The Mountain Hardwear Sub Zero Down Vest gives backcountry skiers and alpine climbers the core warmth they need on the mountain or simply around town. At barely over a pound, this puffy vest is shockingly light for its loft, and it fits into a small included stuff sack so you can cram it into your pack just in case. One-handed hem drawcords make this 650-fill down vest a snap to adjust on the fly, and fleece-lined hand pockets keep your fingers from turning blue and falling off.
- Backcountry Outlet refers to the men's version
Designed for cold weather climbing and mountaineering, 650-fill goosedown with Taslan reinforced abrasion areas take on the weather and your pack with ease.
- GearX.com refers to the men's version
Like the name implies, the Sub Zero Vest from Mountain Hardwear brings warmth to high altitudes and cold temperatures, without the bulk of a down jacket. Using the natural warmth and compressibility of goose down to hold heat in close to your torso while still leaving your arms free to grab that ledge, work the ski poles, or make morning coffee.
- Mountain Gear refers to the men's version
Designed for cold-weather climbing and mountaineering, Mountain Hardwear's Sub Zero Down Vest features 650-fill goose down and Taslan-reinforced abrasion panels to take on the weather and your pack with ease.
- EMS refers to the men's version