The Zpacks Goose Down Jacket is an insanely heat 950-fill energy goose-down jacket that’s excellent to put on in camp on chilly nights and as an adjunct to a sleeping bag or quilt. It’s form of a cross between a parka and a jacket, reduce lengthy and really roomy however with the sewn-thru fashion of development widespread in jackets. Regardless of DWR coatings on the within and outdoors, this goose down jacket is just too heat and puffy for use as an energetic midlayer when climbing. Whereas it does have the hood adjustment controls which light-weight down jackets typically lack, its worth lies in its wonderful heat and very low weight.
Specs at a Look
- Weight: 6.1 oz to eight.8 oz; varies by dimension – S,M,L,XL,XXL
- Examined Weight: 8.5 oz (males’s XL)
- Down fill energy: 950 Downtek handled down
- Down fill weight: 3.0-4.6 oz, varies by dimension
- Shell: 7 denier Ventum Ripstop Nylon
- Development: Sewn-thru
The Zpacks Goose Down Jacket is a really light-weight, very heat down jacket, reduce lengthy and really roomy for layering. It’s made with a extremely breathable 7 denier ripstop nylon that’s down-proof and has an expensive silky really feel. The development is sewn-thru, which means that the within and outdoors material are sewn collectively to carry the down insulation in place. This a standard development method in down jackets though it supplies much less house for the all the way down to loft and retain heat than a field baffled development, which is extra generally utilized in hotter parkas.
That mentioned, the Zpacks Goose Down Jacket is extraordinarily heat, which I attribute to the 950 fill energy down that it’s insulated with. The Males’s XL dimension jacket I examined accommodates 4.2 oz of goose down however solely weighs 8.5 oz, which is a really excessive warmth-to-weight ratio. I’ve discovered it nice to put on when utilizing a hoodless sleeping bag or quilt, offering further head insulation with its snorkel-like hood and serving to to seal out drafts, notably across the neck and shoulders.
Nevertheless, fit-wise, I discovered the jacket to be just a little bigger than I choose. I didn’t thoughts the additional size as a lot as the additional girth and shoulder width which makes the jacket really feel like a sleeping bag with sleeves! Dimension-wise, the massive was too small for my chest girth so I opted for the extra-large with the following bigger chest girth. Whereas it doesn’t matter that a lot, since this isn’t a jacket I’d advocate for energetic use when climbing, it felt unusual with all that further quantity.
The Zpacks Goose Down Jacket has three pockets, an interior chest pocket with a zipper, and two open handwarmer pockets alongside the edges. The jacket might be stuffed into the chest pocket for packing, which is an efficient option to compress it and defend the shell material from any sharp pointy issues in your pack. That chest pocket can be good for storing a smartphone or a screw-on water filter at night time wrapped in a Ziploc bag when it will get under freezing at night time. The hand hotter pockets wouldn’t have zippers and are open, so it is advisable be just a little cautious with placing something invaluable in them. They’re additionally positioned considerably low on the jacket which I’ve discovered just a little awkward however not insurmountable.
The jacket has neck cords so you may alter the scale of the face opening, which I feel is crucial, however is commonly left off of light-weight down jackets. However the wire locks that management the size of the adjustment wire are positioned contained in the hood at mouth top, not exterior the hood, so that they rub in opposition to your face. Furthermore, the seam the place the wire exits the hood is just not strengthened with a plastic or metallic ring so it rubs instantly in opposition to the seam and seven denier material, which doesn’t bode nicely for sturdiness.
In the event you examine this hood development to the hoods of the Montbell Ex Gentle Anorak and even the artificial Enlightened Tools Torrid Jacket, which I might take into account good aggressive alternate options, they’ve far more durably constructed hoods with exterior adjustment controls which can be out of the best way. Each additionally defend the hood seams from the management cords with metallic rings so that they don’t tear the material or seams. The identical goes for his or her hem changes, one other weak space on the Zpacks jacket.
I additionally don’t notably like the stitching on the Zpacks Goose Down Jacket, the place the stitching is absolutely uncovered, with plenty of free threads, and never buried and out of sight just like the aforementioned aggressive jackets above. In the event you’re going to $375 for a down jacket, I feel it’s best to anticipate a extra refined stage of development.
The Zpacks Goose Down Jacket is the third garment I’ve reviewed from Zpacks this yr, together with the Zpacks Ventum Wind Shell and the Zpacks Vertice Rain Jacket and I haven’t been blown by every other of them. Whereas tremendous light-weight clothes was once a lot more durable to come back by just a few years in the past, there’s much more competitors on the market than there was once. Zpacks makes nice backpacks and shelters, however I’d give this Goose Down Jacket and their different ultralight apparel a go.
Disclosure: Zpacks donated a jacket for this evaluate.
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