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Ryan Linn

Locale: Maine!
Ben Smith rocks. Goosefeet parka! on 01/26/2012 05:52:24 MST Print View

I just got myself a swanky new GooseFeet down parka. 12.4 ounces, 7.1 ounces of 900 fill down, a ridiculously light bundle of warmth. Full details here. Just thought some of the folks here would be interested in this kind of thing...

Goosefeet down parka

Bill Reynolds
(billreyn1) - M

Locale: North East Georgia Mountains
Ben Smith rocks. Goosefeet parka on 01/26/2012 06:54:45 MST Print View

Very nice! How does the price compare to other similar parkas?

Edited by billreyn1 on 01/26/2012 06:55:19 MST.

William Brown
(MatthewBrown) - F

Locale: Blue Ridge Mtns
Re: Ben Smith rocks. Goosefeet parka! on 01/26/2012 06:56:28 MST Print View

That's a toasty lookin' parka!

Ryan Linn

Locale: Maine!
Re: Ben Smith rocks. Goosefeet parka on 01/26/2012 07:15:34 MST Print View

"Very nice! How does the price compare to other similar parkas?"

Well, let's just say I'm going to buy a lot less gear this coming year than I'd initially planned, but I'm okay with that ;)

Stephan Doyle
Re: Ben Smith rocks. Goosefeet parka! on 01/26/2012 09:55:35 MST Print View

I've talked with Ben about a similar jacket. He's got a lead on some Pertex Quantum 1oz stuff that I'm waiting for the result of.

For those asking about price, it starts out comparable to mainstream down jackets (at full MSRP), and is already a great jacket "stock." Extra options drive the price up, but at that point you're getting a one-of-a-kind, just-for-you piece.

At 7oz of down, most jackets out there will be in the 20+oz range. Even Feathered Friends' jacket is up in there. Rab makes an Infinity (~6oz of down), but it's sewn through the wazoo and I found the fit a bit strange and still weighs ~18oz.

Now consider at 12oz, you can throw out your EB Down Jacket or similar piece with 3oz of down and take this at the same weight.

Rock on Ryan! Love the jacket. Looking forward to a more detailed review soon!

Dan Durston
(dandydan) - F

Nice on 01/26/2012 10:36:26 MST Print View

Looks awesome. My Montbell Alpine Light parka only has ~4.3oz of down and it's quite a bit heavier at ~16oz.

Brett Peugh
(bpeugh) - F - M

Locale: Midwest
dang on 01/26/2012 10:47:25 MST Print View

Crap, I was hoping to save money. Already looking at the down pants by him.

Samuel Kau
(Skau) - M

Locale: Southern California
Wow on 01/26/2012 11:01:28 MST Print View

That is one really cool jacket! I have been thinking about buying a Montbell alpine light parka but may have to check this out first! I wish Ben would update his website though to reflect all the products he is doing.

Ryan Linn

Locale: Maine!
Re: dang on 01/26/2012 11:01:59 MST Print View

"Crap, I was hoping to save money"
Yeah, me too. Whoops.

It's been an ugly and warm winter here so far this year, so no good tests so far. From wearing it around near my house, however, I can tell it's much more insulated than my previous jacket. I have yet to see how humid conditions will affect the 900-fill, but I'm still optimistic that it will still be plenty warm.

Price was $340 total. More than I should have spent, but it only hurts before you spend the money. Worth it. ;)

Brett Peugh
(bpeugh) - F - M

Locale: Midwest
Re: Re: dang on 01/26/2012 12:43:39 MST Print View

Yeah, I am using a Montbell Alpine Down jacket that used 6oz of down for a medium even though I am using a XXL and a Nunatak Down Balaclava using 2oz of down and this is making want to sell those off. Granted they weigh 20oz combined.

Chris W
(simplespirit) - MLife

Locale: .
Re: Ben Smith rocks. Goosefeet parka! on 01/26/2012 13:33:21 MST Print View

Just for accuracy, the Infinity has 7.4 oz of down and my small Endurance version is 14.3 oz.

With that said, if I hadn't gotten it pretty cheap I would have definitely gone to Ben (I just got some pants from him).

Oh yeah, and Ben rocks! :-)

Edited by simplespirit on 01/26/2012 14:28:57 MST.

Vince Contreras
(pillowthread) - F

Locale: like, in my head???
Wow! on 01/26/2012 14:18:32 MST Print View

And the bar is raised...

Bradley Danyluk
(dasbin) - MLife
Great on 01/26/2012 14:37:24 MST Print View

That is really very impressive.
How water-resistant and down-proof is the shell?

I've been reading a lot lately about the use of faux-fur (or real fur, if that's your thing) hood trim (around the face) as a way to very effectively cut cold wind from hitting the face. You can effectively go without a balaclava in most cases with a trim. There's a reason the Inuit have been doing it for a very long time.
I wonder if Ben would consider trying a hood trim on this design. I think the idea jives very well with the UL mindset.

Edited by dasbin on 01/26/2012 14:38:23 MST.

Ben Smith
(goosefeet) - MLife

Locale: Georgia
Re: Great on 01/26/2012 14:43:11 MST Print View


If you can point me towards a good place to buy the stuff, I'll put it on a jacket for you.

Or, even just a down balaclava... :)

Bradley Danyluk
(dasbin) - MLife
Parka on 01/26/2012 14:54:43 MST Print View

I can't justify it just yet, but I imagine I'll be contacting you in the future at some point.

I'm constantly amazed by the game-changing, boundary-pushing engineering that seems to be spawned out of the BPL community. Great work, Ben. You and a few others here are doing things that have never been done by anyone, ever. And it's happening right here. So cool.

Ryan Linn

Locale: Maine!
Re: Re: Ben Smith rocks. Goosefeet parka! on 01/26/2012 14:57:42 MST Print View

Chris, the Infinity was the top of my list until Ben told me how cool the jacket he could make would be. Rab's website says size L Infinity Endurance is 7.4 ounces of down and 17.4 ounces total in size L. Do they keep the 7.4 ounces of down even when they size it down two sizes? That would be neat.

I also had access to a discounted Infinity, which made the GooseFeet decision a little tougher, but... I figured I had the chance now and might as well take it.

Ben's down pants are probably rockin. All the other ultralight down pants have very little down in them, but Ben can make them the same weight with huge puffiness!

Eugene Smith
(Eugeneius) - MLife

Locale: Nuevo Mexico
Re: Re: Great on 01/26/2012 14:58:58 MST Print View

PM or email Skurka, if he gets back to you maybe he can give you an inside line on some suitable fur, he had the hood on his insulation jacket furred up for his big Alaska/Yukon trek for all the reasons mentioned.

Chris W
(simplespirit) - MLife

Locale: .
Re: Ben Smith rocks. Goosefeet parka! (Infinity?) on 01/26/2012 15:13:52 MST Print View

I doubt it, but the they do over spec the finished weight based on everything I've seen/read in reviews.

Ceph Lotus
(Cephalotus) - MLife

Locale: California
Special Order? on 01/26/2012 15:34:43 MST Print View

Is this parka a special order? I didn't see it listed on the Goosefeet website.

david delabaere

Locale: Northern VA
Puffy on 01/26/2012 15:48:09 MST Print View

I was ready to go all Michelin Man on Mother Nature, but she seems to have backed down....

It looks like all my down clothing will be goosefeet; though it's hard to justify completing my set now with the current weather...

Would a tunnel hood be something like this :