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Regatta Andreson Lightweight Insulated Hybrid Jacket

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
photo: Regatta Andreson Lightweight Insulated Hybrid Jacket synthetic insulated jacket

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).

Pros

  • Warm!
  • Lighter than expected
  • Comfortable fit
  • Price!

Cons

  • 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. 

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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.


20200208_154015.jpgThe 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.


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Other features include:

Two large zippered pockets
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Zipper pulls that work well with gloved hands 
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An interior pocket deep enough to hold the largest cell phone 
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Standard thumb loops

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A roomy elastic hood (but does not draw down to become snug). 
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Regatta calls their synthetic fill “Warmloft.” Of course the website is pretty vague on what that means, but it is aptly named. 
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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.


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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. 


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Background

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

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