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Jace Mullen
(climberslacker) - F

Locale: Your guess is as good as mine.
Pattern Similar to WM jacket? on 10/01/2009 17:49:36 MDT Print View

I really like the Western Mountaineering hooded flash jacket, and especially like that it only uses 3oz. of down fill (I live in so-cal and don't need that much warmth). So does anyone have any patterns like it? Also would 900 f.p. down work well in a jacket?


Matt Lutz
(citystuckhiker) - F

Locale: Midwest
Re: Pattern Similar to WM jacket? on 10/01/2009 19:21:53 MDT Print View

Check out the kits from Thru-hiker. I can't comment on which jacket at which insulation thickness is comparable to the Flash jacket, though.

Jace Mullen
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Locale: Your guess is as good as mine.
Whitney jacket on 10/02/2009 08:06:46 MDT Print View

I might go with the Whitney, but the only problemis that I would like to get some of Ed Speers 900 F.P. down, and they won't let me order the kit w/out the down, wich makes sense. So I may still get it, but I havn't made up my mind yet.


Cali Terrasas
(cal429258) - F

Locale: So Cal
down and out? on 10/04/2009 21:21:49 MDT Print View

Why not just get the kit and then sale the down still packed in its bag it comes in and use the money to buy the 900 down you want. I live in SO Cal also and I have made about all the kits from thru hiker and I use all of them at some time or another so I dont think you can go wrong with any of the stuff.

Tim Marshall
(MarshLaw303) - MLife

Locale: Minnesota
Re: down and out? on 10/04/2009 22:56:47 MDT Print View

i have used both down and the 900 is not as good as the 800 from thru-hiker. I use only thru-hiker down now in my gear.


Dan Durston
(dandydan) - F

Curious on 10/05/2009 00:49:39 MDT Print View

Do this if you enjoy making your own gear, but if you are just doing it as a way to save money then you could just buy the new Montbell U.L. Down Inner Parka from for only $10 more than the kit. Now that it's been revised, it has 2.5oz of down plus you get cinch cords in the waist and hood for just 8.5 oz (medium).

Edited by dandydan on 10/05/2009 00:54:56 MDT.

Jace Mullen
(climberslacker) - F

Locale: Your guess is as good as mine.
thanks guys on 10/05/2009 14:47:37 MDT Print View

These responses are relly helpful, and I really ahve no sewing experience with down (ive 2 shirts and a pack cover before), so I think im just going to go with the new montbell. Just another thing to add to y growing list.... I hate this site :)