Patagonia Hi-Loft Down Sweater
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $110 from campsaver.com
It's Patagonia. It's down. It's lightweight. What else is there to say?
- Great warmth-to-weight ratio
- Packs small/very compressible
- Cost (if paying full price)
- Would've liked a little bit slimmer cut (I'm 6' 150 lbs and got a medium)
- Paintbrush Red is more of an orange
I bought this through CampSaver.com on sale for $110 bucks. Living in Los Angeles, I understand this jacket is a little bit of overkill. However, on a recent trip to Chicago where temperatures dropped to the 30s this jacket made me feel like I was in the land of swimming pools and movie stars, although I was walking around in the windy Midwest.
I would say that this jacket is a must-have for backpacking, due to the great warmth-to-weight ratio, as it is very light and very compressible. At night, I put this jacket in my sleeping bag stuff sack to use as a pillow.. which is VERY comfy.
EDIT (7/14/13): I have since used this jacket in various trips, including to San Jacinto Peak and up into SEKI... the jacket always is a must have in my pack!
I would've preferred a slimmer cut for a medium (as I am 6' 150 lbs) but this is mainly an aesthetics issue more than anything else. However, because of the roomy feel, layering is very easy for any clothing worn underneath. Furthermore, on the topic of aesthetics, the Paintbrush Red option is more of an orange color than red. Once again, this is an aesthetics issue versus a performance issue.
EDIT (7/14/13): I have been told that I look like I'm wearing a "life-preserver" before while wearing this jacket.. but once again, it's an aesthetics issue. As aforementioned, in terms of warmth-to-weight ratio, this jacket is a great buy (especially at a discount!).
Performance wise, I really have no qualms with this jacket as it is very warm and blocks wind quite well. However, at full price ($250?), I would have a difficult time purchasing this jacket. As with many of you, I am a bargain hunter. However, if this jacket can be had on discount for around $100, this jacket is a must buy!
EDIT (8/9/2013): As noted above and in the enclosed picture, the color does make this jacket look somewhat like a life preserver. But with its light weight, warmth and layering abilities, as well as its secondary use as a pillow, the Patagonia Hi-Loft is going on every trip:
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Here's what other sites are saying:
It's like a Down Sweater, only warmer: The Hi-Loft is built with a lightweight 100% polyester ripstop shell, and packed with toasty, highly compressible 800-fill-power goose down - ideal as a midlayer or stand-alone layer for those venturing into colder climes and climbs The only way to improve the already dialed Down Sweater: add a little extra down Bigger channels for more fill make the Hi-Loft a warmer big brother to the Down Sweater The sharp-looking, polyester ripstop shell, with a Deluge DWR (durable water repellent) finish, also blocks the wind and resists tears and abrasion Finer details include top-quality 800-fill-power goose down, a quilted-through construction, two exterior zippered pockets, an interior zippered security pocket, nylon-bound elastic cuffs and a drawcord hem
- SunnySports refers to the men's version
Like a Down Sweater, only warmer. The Hi-Loft has bigger channels that hold more down, and a sharp-looking polyester ripstop shell blocks wind and resists tears and abrasion. Finer details include top-quality 800-fill-power goose down, a quilted-through construction, two exterior zippered pockets, an interior zippered security pocket, nylon-bound elastic cuffs and a drawcord hem. With a Deluge(R) DWR (durable water repellent) finish and included stuffsack.
- Patagonia.com refers to the men's version
The Patagonia Men's Hi-Loft Down Sweater keeps you plenty warm when you're belaying your partner ice climbing, waiting for the bus mid-winter, or simply chilling with your lady while camping. This highly-compressible 800-fill-goose down jacket stops the cold from chilling your bones, while its windproof recycled polyester shell with DWR-coating helps protect you from melting snowflakes. The lightweight Hi-Loft also works well beneath your winter shell or by itself.
- Backcountry.com refers to the men's version
Free Shipping. Patagonia Men's Hi-Loft Down Sweater DECENT FEATURES of the Patagonia Men's Hi-Loft Down Sweater Lightweight polyester shell with a Deluge DWR finish bigger channels and more 800-fill-power premium goose down than regular down sweater Two zippered hand warmer pockets and one internal zippered security pocket Draw cord hem seals in warm air and keeps out cold and spindrift Stuff sack included The SPECS of the Patagonia Men's Hi-Loft Down Sweater Regular fit Weight: 13 oz / 369 g Shell and Lining: 1.4-oz 20-denier 100% polyester ripstop with a Deluge DWR (durable water repellent) finish Insulation: 800-fill-power premium European goose down This product can only be shipped within the United States. Please don't hate us.
- Moosejaw refers to the men's version