Reviewers Paid: $35.00
Regatta's Andreson Hybrid Jacket is a ridiculously inexpensive garment. The price-warmth ration can’t be beat. While The Trek is blogging about $250 synthetic jackets, I have found this $35 jacket to be an exceptional value (and as warm as the high-end brands).
- Lighter than expected
- Comfortable fit
- A few poor spots of stitching
- Hood doesn’t cinch
The saying goes you can have two of three things in hiking equipment: Price, Weight, and Quality. Regatta’s Andreson Hybrid Jacket nails the first two, and I’m hoping it might prove the third over time.
When my jacket arrived from MooseJaw, I thought I had made a mistake. The packaging was far too light to be a warm jacket. The jacket only weighs 15.3 ounces on my scale. No way that was going to keep me warm! But as soon as I put it on, I realized I had a great jacket.
I have day-hiked in it a dozen times in temperatures ranging from low 20’s-mid 30’s. In one test, I did a brisk hike in the mid-20’s (wind chill in upper teens) wearing only a t-shirt underneath. My core was toasty, while my arms were a bit cold.
The best way to explain this “hybrid” jacket is to think of a synthetic down vest, with polyester stretch sleeves (the green sections of the jacket). The effect is a warm core with breathable arms and sides.
The jacket is wind “resistant” and water “repellent” in the core, but not the sleeves. I have used it in misty weather and light snow. Moisture does bead on the surface, but no way it would hold up in a downpour. The jacket is fitted and layers nicely. Since purchasing the jacket, local temps have dropped into single digits one time. I layered this jacket with a shell and was quite comfortable on a short hike.
Standard thumb loops
Quality: There are a few loose threads on this garment that make me wonder how it will hold up over time. But even if I only get a couple of years out of it, the price has made it worth it.
One last noteworthy item. MooseJaw didn’t list where this jacket was made. Starting this review, I have seen several retailers say it is made in China. My tag says Bangladesh. In either case, you are not getting an American-made product, but that’s standard for most garments these days.
I've worn this jacket on more than a dozen day hikes in Southern Illinois in temps ranging from low 20s-mid 40s. I have worn it down into the single digits by adding a shell.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $35