Valandré Lupine* Down Jacket and Vest (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2005)

It’s art sculpted in down. It’s an incredibly warm jacket that weighs only a few ounces more than a summer down jacket but could find its way into a winter gear list with little afterthought.

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by Alan Dixon | 2005-08-13 03:00:00-06

Valandré Lupine* Down Jacket and Vest (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2005)

*Editor’s Note: Valandré has finalized the name of this jacket and vest as Split-S for the jacket and Looping for the vest.

Valandré Lupine* Down Jacket (men’s large)
Weight: 13.5 oz (375 g)
Fill Weight: 5.7 oz (161 g)
Outer fabric 15 D high tenacity nylon
Inner fabric: 20 D polyester
Price: Approx $300.00
Availablity late fall to early winter

The Lupine comes as a jacket and vest in both men’s and women’s styles. See below spec’s and photos of the vest.

*Name and spelling of name not finalized.

Niels-Henrik Friisbøl is an artist sculpting in down. No hyperbole. He cuts each baffle individually to get just the right shape for his jackets and sleeping bags. This is more than aesthetics. The precise baffling makes for a warm and non-binding fit and provides excellent down control. For instance, he specially baffles the side of the jacket and jacket arms in the area where the arm swings by the side of the jacket. This prevents down from being forced away from the sides of the jacket, avoiding a common cold spot found in other jackets.

For 3 oz more weight, the plump baffles of the Lupine makes the Western Mountaineering Flight jacket look a bit deflated. This is a very warm jacket. We’re excited about the almost endless number of possibilities to use this warm and light garment.



Back view showing the loft and fit of the Lupine: Notice the jacket curve in to follow the contour of my sides. The jacket exudes style but in a subtle and non-ostentatious manner.

Valandré Lupine* Down Vest (women’s medium)
Weight: 7.6 oz (217 g)
Fill Weight: 2.3 oz (65 g)
Outer fabric 15 D high tenacity nylon
Inner fabric: 20 D polyester
Price: ?






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