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Re: Down jacket ideas

Post by streetracer101 » Thu Jan 18, 2018 2:36 pm

ItnStln wrote:
Thu Jan 18, 2018 1:43 pm
streetracer101 wrote:
ItnStln wrote:
Thu Jan 18, 2018 12:09 pm
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How does down compare to PrimaLoft?
Primaloft is synthetic. It's impossible to keep all the names straight:
http://www.primaloft.com/insulation

I'm wearing some version of primaloft right now. It's not very compressible and it's heavy. Fine for a mid layer, but not sure about a jacket made of it. If I wanted a synthetic jacket, I'd probably hunt one of these (discontinued) down:
https://www.rei.com/product/855095/pata ... parka-mens

I bet that they're going to release an updated version with some new synthetic soon. Here's the nearest alternative:
https://www.outdoorgearlab.com/reviews/ ... puff-hoody
100g versus 120g from the DAS.
I'll look into the Patagonia DAS, thanks!
I recommend you try the DAS on to size it. I am a medium in most Patagonia clothes, but the medium DAS was massive on me. It is because it is designed for layering multiple clothing pieces underneath.

Edit - just realized Todd already covered this :grin:

I had an issue with my Nano puff threads coming loose. The way it was stitched, when one thread came loose it basically unraveled. That's on of the only Patagonia items that disappointed me. I returned it less than a week after purchase. Now I wear their standard down sweater for casual stuff. It works fine, but the nano looked much nicer.
Thanks! Can you post a link to their sweater you're talking about?
I have this one: http://www.patagonia.com/product/mens-d ... 84674.html

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Re: Down jacket ideas

Post by Captdave » Thu Jan 18, 2018 3:59 pm

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JP Chestnut wrote:Maybe I try one of these next time:
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They have jumped on the ethical down bandwaggon too.
$1400 Cdn, which is only like $65 Usd...lol.
Pick me up one and I’ll give you $70 when I’m in town next monthImage


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Re: Down jacket ideas

Post by CGSshorty » Thu Jan 18, 2018 4:33 pm

I wore a North Face fleece with my shorts this morning. Toasty.
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Re: Down jacket ideas

Post by fastward » Thu Jan 18, 2018 5:13 pm

CGSshorty wrote:I wore a North Face fleece with my shorts this morning. Toasty.
I left the house this morning in a pair of umbro shorts and a sweatshirt.


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Re: Down jacket ideas

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fastward wrote:
CGSshorty wrote:I wore a North Face fleece with my shorts this morning. Toasty.
I left the house this morning in a pair of umbro shorts and a sweatshirt.


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Re: Down jacket ideas

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CGSshorty wrote:
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I wore a North Face fleece with my shorts this morning. Toasty.
Me too, great minds think alike.

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Re: Down jacket ideas

Post by toxicavenger » Thu Jan 18, 2018 6:49 pm

I guess what I got from this whole thread is My Trail is a better option for the price. I don't need a jacket for running harnesses (hoppy is in them all day). I just need a jacket to keep me warm. This is their previous company https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GoLite

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Post by Heuerville » Thu Jan 18, 2018 8:37 pm

Honestly T.. try checking out ex-military cold weather clothing. It's 1/10th of the price and proven.
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Re: Down jacket ideas

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Honestly T.. try checking out ex-military cold weather clothing. It's 1/10th of the price and proven.
I have a ton of shit, and I hate. :banghead: I have to say the shit they issued me in the military kept me cold the whole time. :crybaby:

I wasn't in any special forces/ops cool division so we were issued shit.

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Heuerville wrote:
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Honestly T.. try checking out ex-military cold weather clothing. It's 1/10th of the price and proven.
I have a ton of shit, and I hate. :banghead: I have to say the shit they issued me in the military kept me cold the whole time. :crybaby:
I’m not military, but I’ve tried lots of military issued gear (backpacking, hiking, camping), with the thought that it must be great if the military uses it. My findings are the exact opposite. Most of that gear sucks ass. It was made more with the idea of cost as the number 1 goal vs function, comfort, weight and durability.

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Re: Down jacket ideas

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Provided by the lowest bidder.


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Re: Down jacket ideas

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toxicavenger wrote:
Heuerville wrote:
Thu Jan 18, 2018 8:37 pm
Honestly T.. try checking out ex-military cold weather clothing. It's 1/10th of the price and proven.
I have a ton of shit, and I hate. :banghead: I have to say the shit they issued me in the military kept me cold the whole time. :crybaby:

I wasn't in any special forces/ops cool division so we were issued shit.
I have a go-lite goretex rain shell that's 10 years old and still looks new. I love it.

The new brand has a terrible name and logo, but looks well-made and priced. Unfortunately I doubt they'll succeed because of poor branding. If it's lower priced than the competitors, I say give it a go and report back.

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Re: Down jacket ideas

Post by DrWapenshaw » Fri Jan 19, 2018 6:46 am

Heuerville wrote:
Thu Jan 18, 2018 8:37 pm
Honestly T.. try checking out ex-military cold weather clothing. It's 1/10th of the price and proven.
This used to work 30 years ago. Then civilians started designing better stuff and it was "better", a lot better. Now our guys have to buy that stuff on the civilian market to be comfortable. The gov bean counters however have no idea what they are bidding on and usually have zero experience in the field. They know only fractions and decimal points. That is how they got that job. So as stated what big military ends up with is the lowest bid and it ends up being a big quantity of low quality stuff, even the guys who get it issued to them won't use it. That is what ends up in surplus.
Was that wrong? Should I not have done that?

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Re: Down jacket ideas

Post by Chocodove » Fri Jan 19, 2018 6:52 am

Wild Things Gear (https://www.wildthingsgear.com/) is a legit, high quality military supplier. They revolutionized the alpine clothing/gear industry back in the early 80's and then went full military contract only several years ago for cold weather systems. I think they only supply to special forces, though.

You can occasionally find closeouts/surplus super cheap on eBay. It's very expensive if you buy direct. Very high quality stuff.

GoLite was a great brand.
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Re: Down jacket ideas

Post by fastward » Fri Jan 19, 2018 8:39 am

I love the official “military supplier” marketing.
I may be slightly cynical, but I a fair amount of business through the DoD, so I have a little insight into some of the negotiating, etc.

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Re: Down jacket ideas

Post by james80 » Fri Jan 19, 2018 8:49 am

CGSshorty wrote:I wore a North Face fleece with my shorts this morning. Toasty.
I wore a Quicksilver T-shirt with my shorts last night.

It’s so much work to go out in cold places, I don’t miss it all.

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Re: Down jacket ideas

Post by ItnStln » Wed Jan 24, 2018 11:18 am

Heuerville wrote:Honestly T.. try checking out ex-military cold weather clothing. It's 1/10th of the price and proven.
I have several of the black fleece and they're warmer and made better than my North Face fleeces.

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Re: Down jacket ideas

Post by JP Chestnut » Wed Jan 24, 2018 12:48 pm

North face offers a bunch of line - from "shit" to "not bad".

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Re: Down jacket ideas

Post by ItnStln » Wed Jan 24, 2018 1:48 pm

JP Chestnut wrote:North face offers a bunch of line - from "shit" to "not bad".
For what I paid for the fleece I'd hope it's part of their "not bad" line! The military issued fleece I have cost all of $50 new with tags and it's made better than my North Face fleece that I paid $250 for.

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Post by Chocodove » Wed Jan 24, 2018 2:10 pm

JP Chestnut wrote:North face offers a bunch of line - from "shit" to "not bad".
This is very true, though their Base Camp duffels continue to be probably the best product ever made in its class. Otherwise I feel they moved on from their “serious” stuff years ago. Not bad per se, but just not focusing on the professional user anymore. Happens to every outdoor brand eventually. Patagonia is well on their way.
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Re: Down jacket ideas

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Chocodove wrote:
Wed Jan 24, 2018 2:10 pm
JP Chestnut wrote:North face offers a bunch of line - from "shit" to "not bad".
This is very true, though their Base Camp duffels continue to be probably the best product ever made in its class. Otherwise I feel they moved on from their “serious” stuff years ago. Not bad per se, but just not focusing on the professional user anymore. Happens to every outdoor brand eventually. Patagonia is well on their way.
This. Patagonia has become really mainstream and their quality is beginning to suffer. I still love the brand, but it's becoming more common to get a weird sized item, or one with loose threads. Their customer service and warranty are still best in the biz, but I fear that as more people become aware of it, they'll be more likely to exploit it and then they'll have to modify it like LL Bean is considering.

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Re: Down jacket ideas

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Patagucci?


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Re: Down jacket ideas

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fastward wrote:Patagucci?


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Re: Down jacket ideas

Post by toxicavenger » Wed Jan 24, 2018 7:48 pm

I will try My Trail CO first but like the look of some of the First Lite stuff also https://www.firstlite.com/products/tops ... eight.html

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Re: Down jacket ideas

Post by toxicavenger » Wed Jan 24, 2018 7:48 pm

streetracer101 wrote:
Fri Jan 19, 2018 6:13 am
toxicavenger wrote:
Heuerville wrote:
Thu Jan 18, 2018 8:37 pm
Honestly T.. try checking out ex-military cold weather clothing. It's 1/10th of the price and proven.
I have a ton of shit, and I hate. :banghead: I have to say the shit they issued me in the military kept me cold the whole time. :crybaby:

I wasn't in any special forces/ops cool division so we were issued shit.
I have a go-lite goretex rain shell that's 10 years old and still looks new. I love it.

The new brand has a terrible name and logo, but looks well-made and priced. Unfortunately I doubt they'll succeed because of poor branding. If it's lower priced than the competitors, I say give it a go and report back.

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