Patagonia Ultralight Down Jacket

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The Patagonia Ultralight Down Jacket is a great three-season…

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $165

Summary

The Patagonia Ultralight Down Jacket is a great three-season jacket made of 800 fill down and 10 denier ripstop nylon. It is impressively warm for its 7.7 oz weight. It also blocks wind quite well. I generally use it from 60-45 degrees. It can be used in colder temperatures, but I do not recommend pushing that range unless you wear something substantial underneath it.

Pros

  • Ultralight 7.7 oz
  • Warm for its weight
  • Blocks wind
  • Flattering fit
  • Fully featured (full zip, adjustable hem, hand warmer pockets, chest pocket, DWR treated, etc.)
  • Packs down very small
  • Versatile (can be used as jacket or layering piece)

Cons

  • Price (expensive)
  • Not warm enough as a stand alone jacket in winter

The Patagonia Ultralight Down Jacket is a very versatile, packable, ultralight jacket. I wear it in the car to the trailhead, then I toss it in the top of my pack and wear it during breaks on chilly days and then put it back on at camp. I also take it on dayhikes when I know it is going to be windy or chilly. It packs down so small that it easily fits in most daypacks.

I wear it as a stand alone jacket spring, summer, and fall. I also use it as a layering piece in the winter. I have had it for about a year now and I wear it as a casual jacket around town, to the trailhead, and have primarily worn it in the spring and fall.  This winter was pretty mild, so I was able to wear it on the mild days. I really love wearing it to concerts, restaurants, and bars, etc. because I can be warm outside and then I can stuff it in my pocketbook when I need to go inside. That is super convenient.


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Fit:

The cut of this jacket claims to be "slim fit", however I find it to have plenty of room for layers. I wear a medium (my normal size) and comfortably layer a long sleeved top and a Patagonia R1 Pullover underneath it. I personally found the fit to be more slim in the chest/upper back/rib area, but roomy in the stomach/waist. The sleeve length is slightly long for my arms, but not too long. The overall length is a little bit longer, as is covers about half of my rear end. I think that is the perfect length for my 5'4" frame.


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This accurately displays the room in the jacket. In the previous photo, it was cinched tight at the waist.

Features:

It is a full zip ultralight jacket with two handwarmer pockets, a chest pocket, adjustable hem, elastic cuffs, and it comes with a stuff sack. It is also treated with DWR.

Adjustablitly:

The jacket has two adjustable hem cords (located in the bottom front). The cuffs are elastic. They stay in place and do not allow drafts to blow up the sleeves.


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Elastic sleeve cuff


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Chest pocket


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When stuffed, it is comparable in size to a Jetboil stove.

Warmth:

The Ultralight Down Jacket is very warm for its weight. I had a Down Sweater (and I currently own a Down Sweater Vest) and I can say that the warmth is comparable to the Down Sweater, but it weighs about 4 ounces less. I would put it at a comfort rating of 45 degrees, but I do not produce a whole lot of body heat. If you wear more layers under it (especially if sitting near a fire), you could probably take it down into the 30's. It does regulate temperature well. I rarely overheat in it. If I do, I just unzip it as needed.

Water resistance:

The DWR is effective in repelling light drizzle, but it is not waterproof.

Fabric strength and function:

The 10 denier ripstop nylon is very thin, but is also very tensile. I am impressed with its durability for its thinness. It also blocks wind a lot better than I expected it would. I also have a Patagonia Nano Puff and I found the Ultralight Down to be more warm and be equally as wind resistant. All of the zippers do work well, no issues with them getting stuck. One issue that should always be addressed when reviewing a down product is leakage of feathers. This does leak occasional feathers, but I have not noticed it to be any more than average. It also retains its loft very well after being stuffed. 

Overall, I'd say that it is a very functional and ultralight three-season jacket. As long as you don't have expectations for it to be a winter coat, you should be happy with your purchase. I was able to find mine for $165. It is definitely worth that price. I can't say I would spend the $279 retail price for it.

CALAMUCCI

Great Review as always!


1 year ago
Ashleigh MODERATOR

Thank you, Calamucci! :)


1 year ago

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On Sale. Free Shipping. Patagonia Women's Ultralight Down Jacket FEATURES of the Patagonia Women's Ultralight Down jacket The lightest-weight, strongest shell fabric we've ever engineered for down garments with a Deluge DWR finish 800-fill-power premium European goose down for low-bulk warmth Variegated channel construction stabilizes insulation and also allows the use of less down, creating an elegant, low-profile garment Zippered pockets: two hand warmers, one chest Drawcord hem seals out cold and spindrift Self-fabric stuff sack SPECIFICATIONS of the Patagonia Women's Ultralight Down Jacket Slim fit Weight: 8.3 oz / 235 g Shell and Lining: 0.8-oz 10-denier 100% nylon ripstop with a Deluge DWR 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

With 800 fill premium European goose down and ultralight ripstop shell fabric The Patagonia Ultralight Down Jacket is the lightest and most durable down jacket you'll ever own. The toughest, lightest-weight shell fabric we've ever used for down garments with a DWR (durable water repellent) finish 800-fill-power premium European goose down for low-bulk warmth Variegated channel construction stabilizes insulation and allows the use of less down, creating an elegant, low-profile garment Two zippered handwarmer pockets; one zippered chest pocket Drawcord hem seals in warmth Self-fabric stuffsack

- OMCgear

As minimal as an 8-piece rack on an alpine ridge, our Ultralight Down Jacket supports ascent without excess. It features top-notch 800-fill-power premium European goose down and an ultralight nylon ripstop shell fabric that?s nearly 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, while a DWR (durable water repellent) finish sheds snow. A slim silhouette maximizes thermal efficiency and suits its ideal uses: belay jacket over light layers at shaded 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.

- Patagonia.com

When your livelihood depends on staying warm, or you just need an extra layer of comfort while you ski, gear up with the Patagonia Women's Ultralight Down Jacket. At just a little over half a pound, this mercury-defying wonder features a slim, low-profile fit that makes layering a cinch, while also offering you a feminine silhouette when you wear alone.

- Backcountry.com

Patagonia Womens Ultralight Down Jacket - New - 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 an updated, ultralight yet super tough shell fabric that blocks wind and sheds snow with its Deluge(R) DWR (durable water repellent) finish. The sewn-through construction, tight channel pattern and just the right amount of down increase its versatility for use in more moderate temperatures and diverse activities. A slim silhouette maximizes thermal efficiency and suits its ideal uses: belay parka over light layers at shady springtime 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. Details The lightest weight, strongest shell fabric we've ever engineered for down garments; with a Deluge(R) DWR (durable water repellent) finish 800-fill-power premium European goose down for low-bulk warmth Variegated channel construction stabilizes insulation and also allows the use of less down, creating an elegant, low-profile garment Zippered pockets: two handwarmers, one chest Drawcord hem seals out cold and spindrift Self-fabric stuffsack Shell and lining: 0.8-oz 10-denier 100% nylon ripstop with a Deluge(R) DWR (durable water repellent) finish. Insulation: 800-fill-power premium European goose down 235 g (8.3 oz) Made in China.

- Massey's Outfitters