Patagonia Down Jacket
Fabric: Not sure
Fill: 700 (I think)
Price Paid: $180
So I bought this as a belay coat a couple of years back and I have been greatly impressed. I have worn it on three snowy camps and one Teton summer ascent and it has worked great.
The real beauty of Patagonia is that their stuff is so thoughtfully designed. I was noticing new things about my coat on the third trip... My wife has a similar (but a couple of years older) North Face jacket that does not compress as well, rides up when leaning over and has uneven distribution of feathers often (you can fluff up down parkas like you would a down pillow). I hardly loose and feathers and this coat (even though its not a hoodie) has kept me warm! I do regret not buying a hooded down coat though.
I have worn this coat several times in drizzle and the coat was able to bead off water...
I imagine that the 700 fill down is probably not as warm as the 850+ that you can get now but I tell you what you can notice the difference of quality from the 650 fill power.
Over all this coat was a decent value and has served me well.
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Patagonia's Ultralight Down Jacket is our lightest-weight insulating full-zip down layer, with a slim silhouette for thermal efficiency and a superlight, water-resistant 100% nylon shell.
As minimal as an eight-piece rack on an alpine ridge, our new Ultralight Down Jacket supports ascent without excess. It features top-notch 800-fill-power premium European goose down and a special edition nylon ripstop shell fabric that is half the weight and twice the strength of our other down shell fabrics. The sewn-through construction, tight channel pattern and just the right amount of down increase versatility for use in more moderate temperatures and diverse activities; a Deluge(R) DWR (durable water repellent) finish sheds snow. A slim silhouette maximizes thermal efficiency and suits its ideal uses: belay parka over light layers at shady autumn crags, minimalist summer alpine bivies and unmatched warmth layered under a shell. Pockets include: two zippered handwarmers and one zippered chest. A drawcord hem keeps in the heat. Stuffsack included.
Toss on the Patagonia Men's Ultralight Down Jacket when there's a gas line break and you're without heat for a couple of days. It's a total bummer, but at least you have this highly-compressible 800-fill-power goose down jacket to keep you plenty warm. Made with durable nylon fabric, this slim-silhouette jacket fits perfectly beneath your shell when you do some winter camping or skiing, and it works great as a stand-alone layer.
Like a Samuel Beckett novel, minimalism is the name of the game. From the crags to the mountains and everywhere in between, the Patagonia Men's Ultralight Down Jacket has everything you need, nothing that you don't. No excess here, this superbly lightweight insulated jacket has a perfectly proportioned amount of down for incredible versatility across all seasons and activities.Designed with ultra durable nylon ripstop, this piece was made to withstand the jagged ridges and sharp edges of big walls and still come out on top. 800-fill-power premium goose down with sewn-through construction creates a slim and sleek profile which increases thermal performance, eliminates movement inhibiting bulk and just plain looks good. With a Deluge DWR (durable water repellent) finish to shed rain and snow effortlessly as well as a drawcord hem to seal out wind and weather, the Patagonia Ultralight Down Jacket for men is up to any challenge you lay before it.
- Altrec Outdoors