XPOSURZONE Packable Down Quilted Puffer Jacket

rated 4.0 of 5 stars (2)
photo:   XPOSURZONE Packable Down Quilted Puffer Jacket down insulated jacket

Specs

Price Reviewers Paid: $25.00-$29.99

Reviews

Love this jacket. Purchased both the jacket and two…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $25

Summary

Love this jacket.

Pros

  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Just a little smaller than expected

Purchased both the jacket and two vests. Seems to be more down in the vests, but all three of these garments are well made and extremely comfortable. I particularly like the smooth and a little shiny nylon material used. Very stylish and feels great.

Would buy more of these if they get the larger sizes back in stock. Navy blue camo is an understated camo pattern, which I really like and goes great with blue jeans.

Alicia MacLeay TRAILSPACE STAFF

Welcome to Trailspace, Erik. For what kind of activities do you use your puffer jacket?


2 years ago

Inexpensive China made down jacket. Weighs under a…

Rating: rated 3.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $29.99 Prime Amazon

Summary

Inexpensive China made down jacket. Weighs under a pound, has two outer zip pockets and huge inner glove pockets. Wear in cool to cold conditions - layering!!

Pros

  • Inexpensive $30 USD down jacket
  • Comes with tiny carrying bag
  • Can be machine washed cold, dry with tennis balls
  • Tag says 90% down and 10 % feathers??
  • 100% nylon inner and outer shell
  • Orange
  • 2 Layer

Cons

  • Runs small—get next size up for layering
  • Plastic zippers or is that a PRO?
  • No liner
  • The women's have completely different sizes
  • No reflectors
  • 10% feathers??
  • Sponge—not water-resistant or -proof

XPOSURZONE Men's Packable Down Quilted Puffer Jacket Lightweight Puffer Coat


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Fit & Comfort
I got a size XXL. I am 5 foot 9 in (175 CM) under 200 pounds. Fits OK, not loose. Not long enough—so you need to wear your shell (or use a sleeping pad when sitting by the fire or your gas cook stove melting snow or just cooking hot water for coffee) Don't sit in the snow.

Jacket works with layering pretty darn good. The women's sizes seem to work OK. The women that went on the last year's AMC winter camping expeditions had the same type China made down jacket but there were some other name.

Weight

The down jacket is super light—10 ounces. Ever notice some hikers even snip off the labels to save weight?

Adjustments

No zip cords. No Velcro, No nothing. Sleeves have an elastic band that is loose enough so you can take the jacket off or put the jacket on without taking your liner gloves off.

Water Resistance

None—the nylon shell won't stop any water. Don't get it wet. Hang it up outa the snow.

(Ayuh, don't go and use this here jacket without a shell in the wintuh. You've been warned.)

Breathability

It's a very inexpensive down layering jacket. No fancy underarm zips, no iPhone pockets, no hand warmer pockets, No racing stripes or South (or is it North?) Facing labels or any of that other stuff that adds weight and cost.

Warmth (It's a down jacket - layer 2)

Here you get your money's worth—it's wicked good for layering. Wear this heah down jacket over your base layers, over your innah wool shirt and first pile, wool sweater, or fleece layer and under your waterproof shell. When it's stahrming, make sure it fits OK inside your parka. Make certain you can get your pack on with these layers afore you head out in the snow.

Abrasion

This thirty dollar down jacket is not meant for back woods trail use. It's maybe OK to walk the dog, maybe, definitely needs a protective outer layer for almost anything else. Works good in very cold conditions. It can be worn inside your sleeping bag. Nice an' light for XC skiing too—or is it called alpine touring now? I still have these old skis that you need to use wax on and use with boots with holes in front of the toes.

Winter Gear

When walking on snowshoes, this is the first layer to put on when you stop so you don't get chilly. Try not to dribble onto the jacket when you're drinking, cause it will soak up the moisture.

Function

Comes with a tiny pack bag. No drawstring. No liner. Two zip pockets—plastic zippers with pull cords—won't freeze! Two big inner pockets, not zipped so you can get at them fast—just right for spare gloves. No hood—there's other China made down jackets that have an insulated hood for $40. I prefer to wear a wool cap under my nylon shell (or parka) and a balaclava for sleeping in. 

Ease of Use

It only takes a few minutes to smoosh this jacket into the tiny stuff sack that comes with it. I keep the stuff sack tied to the carry hang up loop that's located near the back of the neck on the inside so the carry sack hangs down your back when wearing this jacket. Never lost it yet. Take the jacket out and hang the jacket up to air out when you get home.

Conditions

If you have ever been hiking the White Mountains of Northern New Hampshire or Maine in late winter, you soon realize everything must be tied up with idiot cords or stuff gets blown away or simply devoured by the white powder. I attached some reflector tape to the jacket so I can find it in the darkness. Ever notice that "Everything" seems to be done in the dark when winter hiking and camping?

Form Over function

Of course, you can get some fancy down downhill ski gear that costs 10 times as much and is not as easy to layer up nor care for.  You pay for all them fancy racing stripes and fashion labels.

Recommendations

This is my second cheap China down jacket. I have a black one as well. No hood on it neither.

I learned about how gosh darn hard it is to find a black jacket in the dark and snowing when you get a call of nature late at night when camping on Mt. Passaconaway in February last year. Turned my head for only a moment, mind, and the darn thing plumb got away from me. Took a chilly 15 minutes of postholing to catch it. That's why I taped on some reflective tape. This particular jacket is ORANGE. Won't hide as well.

Alicia MacLeay TRAILSPACE STAFF

Thanks for the review, Boo. In what kind of temps do you wear this?


2 years ago

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