Patagonia Fitz Roy Down Hoody
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $125 for a discontinued color
Warm, compressible down jacket that's great as a mid-layer or in camp. Ripstop polyester shell is tough as nails!
- Stuffs into its own pocket
- Water resistance was lacking
- High pricetag
The Patagonia men's down hoody is a highly breathable, compressible jacket with two zippered handwarmer pockets and one internal mesh pocket the jacket stuffs into. It's great as a mid-layer under a shell when the temps drop below 25°F, or even better as a jacket for those chilly nights and mornings in the backcountry.
The rip-stop polyester fabric is pretty much bomb proof. Not always the most careful hiker, I brushed up against a very sharp rock that should have shredded it. What appeared to be a small cut in the material didn't go through to the down fill, saving me from a repair job and an ugly patch. Several other brushes with rocks and trees left no marks whatsoever.
There are only two negatives. First, an MSRP of $250 seems pretty steep although you can find them on sale for a lot less if you don't mind a previous season's colors.
The other issue comes in the form of water resistance. Patagonia says the fabric is treated with a DWR finish, but I got caught in a mild snowstorm without my shell and the jacket soaked all the way through within half an hour. I've been pretty happy with Patagonia's DWR on other products I own so I'm not sure what the issue was. Nikwax Down Wash solved the problem and gave the jacket the water repellency I expected in the first place.
Overall, I'm extremely satisfied with this jacket and if I'm ever in the market for a replacement, it would be pretty tough to sell me on something other than Patagonia.
Price Paid: $149
I got this for the coldest reaches of an upcoming Everest Trek. It is exactly what I wanted and I have purchased 4 jackets/coats in my quest.
I am a woman who is not petite so I had to go with the men's. I was so afraid the sleeves would be endlessly long like my Mountain Hardwear down sweater. But the sleeves are just right and the elastic is not to loose. The hood's cincher is the BOMB and the fit will accommodate layers under it without getting too tight.
It feels great and I am sooo happy with it!
Fabric: DWR polyester
Fill: 800 goosedown
Price Paid: $350
This jacket is truly a study in craftsmanship by the designers at Patagonia. First of of all, it is INCREDIBLY LIGHT-WEIGHT. Every time I go to pick it up, this fact strikes me. I also own the Men's Phantom jacket by Mountain Hardware in large, which is also VERY light-weight and 800-fill down, however, this jacket (although the same size i.e. large), is much longer and has a down hood as well, and somehow the Fitz Roy Hoody amazes me more.
It's GREAT as a raincoat, as water and snow just beads and slides right of it, it's incredibly warm outside, and comfortable to wear indoors, which is something I LOVE about 800-fill jackets! The chin piece zips up above your nose depending upon how you wear it (which is neat, especially since it is extremely soft, and fleece lined), so with its down hood drawn tight around your head, and the your chin and nose buried inside the warm zipped up down collar, you can LITERALLY make a TOASTY SKI-MASK out of the jacket, just your eyes peering out (great for aspiring bank robbers! lol).
I suppose if you spent the $350 to buy this jacket, you wouldn't need to rob a bank... wait... or maybe you... would. Regardless, the $350 buys you the best all around hooded "puffy" I have ever owned. The pockets are lined with amazingly soft fleece (as well as the chin) and keep your hands warm. They zip too, if you are wearing gloves.
There's plenty of storage space too, however, I ordered mine online, and all the product summaries I read about the jacket say that it comes with its own stuff-sack (and it SHOULD, it's SO LIGHT-WEIGHT and compressible), however mine came with no such sack (unless the mesh inside pocket is supposed to double as a the jacket's stuff-sack, although none of the summaries make it SOUND that way. I'm calling the company I ordered it through tomorrow to see what the deal is, however stuff-sack OR NOT, this is one STELLAR jacket.
It's long, only if you want it to be, or you can simply cinch it up and wear it right around the waist. The hood is fantastic too! Since it adjusts 3 ways, you can wear it over your head, cap, wool hat, ski helmet, you name it, and not look like a total dork, as it will conform to that shape!
I ordered mine in blue (which is a really beautiful cobalt colour that matches my car perfectly, although that was TOTALLY unintended!) So, if you drive a blue VW R32, this is the jacket for YOU, and probably blue STi owners too (although Subaru's blue is not quite as dark and deep as VW's... I think.) I like stepping out of a sweet ride with a puffy, down, hooded, warm, water-proof jacket that matches its exterior paint to perfection. It's never happened before (no, I haven't owned a black car and perfectly matched black, puffy jacket also. lol).
Anyway, BUY THIS JACKET... NOW. It truly IS an INSTANT CLASSIC, especially if you compare it with last year's version from Patagonia! Uggggh! One last thing. I have owned this jacket for a week, and NOT ONE feather is sticking through (or has come through) the lining whatsoever!!! I cannot say the same for the 800-fill jackets I owned and have owned from The North Face and Mountain Hardware.
I have a differently hued blue 800-fill Men's Thunder jacket from The North Face on its way, so I will be the first to review IT, I suppose... I just want my stuff stack. Although worth EVERY penny, for $350, this jacket OUGHT to come with one... Maybe it really does. I'll leave an update about THAT! ;D