Adult-sized, "down sweater", 800-fill, Costco: $70
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Erik Basil
(EBasil) - M

Locale: Atzlan
Adult-sized, "down sweater", 800-fill, Costco: $70 on 09/09/2012 18:53:37 MDT Print View

Here's a new one to Costco: the Kirkland deluxe down jacket with 20-denier shell and 800-fill down. It's a Patagonia knock-off for 70 bucks, available in Scout Green, Black and Graphite grey. It does not have a reversible zipper for the interior pocket (ie not a stuff-pocket) but it does have a waist cinch and the construction is very nice. The pockets are lined with a very thin, very low pile soft cloth.

Kirkland Down Sweater
This is an XL

Kirkland Down Sweater price card
MY store stocks them next to the stuffable down youth jackets, on the center-floor.

Kirkland Down Sweater Info 1
The shell is like totally tubular, dude

Kirkland Down Sweater Info 2
The geese said, "ouch" in Magyar

drowning in spam
(leaftye) - F

Locale: SoCal
Re: Adult-sized, "down sweater", 800-fill, Costco: $70 on 09/09/2012 20:40:53 MDT Print View

I'm surprised to see such technical information on those tags.

christopher smead
(hamsterfish) - MLife

Locale: hamsterfish
Awesome on 09/09/2012 21:01:13 MDT Print View

How much do they weigh?

Keith Bassett
(keith_bassett)

Locale: Pacific NW
Looks solid on 09/10/2012 10:15:35 MDT Print View

It looks like a solid purchase, but my thought on handling them was that they were a bit understuffed. They also appear to be 90/10 with down/feathers rather than fully down coats. I can understand that as a way to save money on them.

Compared to my first ascent one, bought on deep discount for the same price, they seem more durable but less warm and cush. The nylon also felt somewhat stiff.

Probably not something I will pick up because I have one already, but a good deal.

Of note - they have kirkland brand soft shells right now that are waterproof breathable soft shells with good details. The cuffs don't have elastic or velcro, so they are right out for me - however for someone looking for a good bang-around soft shell they look like one heck of a value. As with all soft shells, they aren't light but the price is right for a solid jacket.

Daniel Russell
(Superfluous_Grizzly)

Locale: Creation
Deal? on 09/10/2012 11:15:47 MDT Print View

This is hard for me to swallow seeing this as a deal when I have two brand new with tags Marmot Zues jackets for sale for $75 shipped and I can't even get rid of them. These look to be similar weight/fill also. Cool find, but boo! (boo because I can't sell my jackets) :P

Yuri R
(Yazon) - F
so so on 09/10/2012 11:53:20 MDT Print View

agreed.
Someone is selling First Ascend down jacket for $80 and it is a much better jacket.

The $30 vests may be a decent deal for ladies, but $70 jackets are not that great.

Erik Basil
(EBasil) - M

Locale: Atzlan
Ya takes what ya can get on 09/10/2012 12:11:40 MDT Print View

Ironically, if I'd been able to find the Zeus in my size and color before I bought my Patagonia or the Kirkland I just added, I'd have gladly paid $75 for it! I was willing to carry more weight to get a slightly more durable shell, and I like the fit. But, I didn't find one for a deal like that and I scored a Patagonia on clearance, in a positively "visible" color.

One thing about Costco is the ubiquity of retail locations and a return policy very much like REI.

Regarding those informational labels, it looks to me like someone up at Kirkland is getting techy with the gear, and I'm glad to see it. The soft-shell mentioned above has a similar tag and is a very nice looking piece of gear, albeit designed for daily wear, as opposed to UL/backpacking shell use.

brian H
(B14) - M

Locale: Siskiyou Mtns
Re: Looks solid, 90/10 down/feathers on 09/10/2012 12:22:15 MDT Print View

FWIW
I just noticed that my new Montbell UL Parka is also 90/10.
small surprise, as this detail does not make it into the specs on the MB site, sadly.
i have emailed them 2 letm know...

michael levi
(M.L) - F

Locale: W-Never Eat Soggy (W)affles
. on 09/10/2012 12:23:41 MDT Print View

Anyone know how much these weigh?

Erik Basil
(EBasil) - M

Locale: Atzlan
What they weigh on 09/10/2012 17:09:57 MDT Print View

I own two XL's, so I tared out a hanger and put them on the digital scale:


--Patagonia Down Sweater: 16.1oz

--Kirkland Down jacket: 13.1 oz

A F
(gosharks) - F
Re: Looks solid on 09/10/2012 17:20:31 MDT Print View

90/10 is standard.

My Mountain Hardwear Phantom jacket is 90/10.

Hammock Hanger
(Travelpro) - F
Was $40 last year on 09/10/2012 22:19:45 MDT Print View

Costco had the same exact jacket last year but the price was $40 then. This is what a declining US Dollar vs Chinese Forex looks like.

Outer shell fabric seems a little more durable than the First Ascent that i also got at deep discount last year. But the First Ascent is in every way a better jacket--warmer, softer, more fill, still compacts nicely.

+1 on Costco's $25 soft shell. They may not be UL but they are great everyday jackets and very durable, warm, reasonably water repellent (not intended as a rain jacket). In much of the US It could work as your main winter jacket.

Costco also has Timberland fleece. I got two vests @ $26.

Erik Basil
(EBasil) - M

Locale: Atzlan
Seems a good deal on 09/11/2012 07:03:35 MDT Print View

I think this product, the soft-shells and the new tech shirts are all new to Costco's line, and that the reference to last year is mistaken. Costco's Kirkland listings appear to agree.

The sky may be falling, but this is still an item that wasn't previously offered. So, if you're near a Costco, check it out. Maybe MontBell or Western Mountaineering is a better product for you, maybe not. In my case, the "fat-gringo cut" of this product (and the Patagonia) make it a nice option.

Phillip Asby
(PGAsby) - M

Locale: North Carolina
Also worth checkign out on 09/11/2012 08:45:43 MDT Print View

I'm not really in the market - well sort of casually in the market - for a down sweater/puffer jacket.

But I did see that Cabelas has a variety of jackets in different weights on sale/clearance. My experience with their products overall is quite good - generally not particularly UL - but rugged and well made.

http://www.cabelas.com/product/Cabelas-Superlight-800-Down-Jacket-150-Regular/1214789.uts?Ntk=AllProducts&searchPath=%2Fcatalog%2Fsearch%2F%3FN%3D5102719%26Ne%3D5102719%26Ntk%3DAllProducts%26Ntt%3Ddown%2Bjacket%26Ntx%3Dmode%252Bmatchallpartial%26WTz_l%3DHeader%253BSearch-All%2BProducts%26WTz_st%3DSearchRefinements%26form_state%3DsearchForm%26search%3Ddown%2Bjacket%26searchTypeByFilter%3DAllProducts&Ntt=down+jacket&WTz_l=Header%3BSearch-All+Products

Edited by PGAsby on 09/11/2012 08:48:25 MDT.

Zorg Zumo
(BurnNotice) - F
So what's the verdict on the Costco Jacket? on 09/15/2012 10:18:13 MDT Print View

By the way, I looked into the Cabelas "ultra-light" jacket at the link provided and they say the weight is 1.45lbs.

I've got a Costco nearby and $70 for a down sweater/light jacket doesn't seem bad. But I'm wanting the opinions of you who own them - yea or nay?

By way, I missed a chance to pick up an REI RevealCloud Primaloft-insulated 13oz jacket for $79 onsale a couple weeks ago.

Joe S
(ThreeRidges) - M
Just a thought on 09/15/2012 14:21:03 MDT Print View

If you hunt around, or use the occasional coupon, you can get the Patagonia version for under $100. I did, I think from a Campmor or similar.

For example , now $99 at ProLite Gear. http://www.prolitegear.com/patagonia-down-sweater-closeout-fall-11.html?opt=alpha%20green%20/%20x-large

Edited by ThreeRidges on 09/15/2012 14:24:45 MDT.

Mary D
(hikinggranny) - MLife

Locale: Gateway to Columbia River Gorge
Adult-sized, "down sweater", 800-fill, Costco: $70 on 09/15/2012 20:41:33 MDT Print View

I saw this jacket while visiting the Edmonds, WA Costco with my DIL. A Costco membership isn't feasible for this old lady living alone, but my dog badly needed a new bed and Costco's dog beds last several times longer than the ones at Petco. The jackets look nice, although since I already have a Montbell I didn't bother to try one on.

There are also kids' down jackets for $40. A smaller person could wear a large or extra large child's size for a lot less money! That's the one that was being talked about last year!

They also had some nice looking merino wool hiking socks, 4 pair for $12. I bought a package. The socks run a bit large--according to the package, I should have gotten size Large since I wear a women's 9 1/2 shoe, but the medium (which I bought) are just right for me. I also looked at their Kirkland merino wool socks, which are thinner (and therefore lighter). However, those have a thick toe seam, which would hit the high point of my hammer toes and be extremely painful. For those not bothered by toe seams, they would be good.

There are undoubtedly other goodies for the budget conscious to be found there, too!

Edited by hikinggranny on 09/15/2012 20:43:54 MDT.

drowning in spam
(leaftye) - F

Locale: SoCal
Re: Was $40 last year on 09/15/2012 20:48:57 MDT Print View

Costco had the same exact jacket last year but the price was $40 then. This is what a declining US Dollar vs Chinese Forex looks like.

Andrew, you seem to be the only person that remembers this. When you first posted this, I tried searching for what you were talking about, and only came up with the boy's jackets that the others recall as well. There was also a well priced women's down jacket. I'm sure there would have been a thread on this jacket too if it was around last year. While it isn't a big deal, I'd appreciate it if you could post a link to what you're talking about.

Mary D
(hikinggranny) - MLife

Locale: Gateway to Columbia River Gorge
Also sure it was the child's jacket on 09/15/2012 20:58:43 MDT Print View

The children's jacket for $40 was being talked about on a number of forums last year, and it was pointed out then that a children's large was equivalent to an adult small. I never saw anything about an adult jacket last year.

Erik Basil
(EBasil) - M

Locale: Atzlan
Adult Puffy for first time ever in history of universe on 09/15/2012 23:31:51 MDT Print View

First, even if the erroneous assertion about the new adult jacket were correct, I don't known anyone that can time-travel back to score that amazing deal. "Moot" is the term here.

Second, the children's down puffys are $30, not forty, and they're also listed and photo imaged elsewhere in this forum. Great jackets for small people. They were thirty bucks last year, too, when they had the "White Star" label on them. Different "brand" this year, but same item.

Third, I own the Patagonia AND one of the new Kirklands. Although it appears the Kirkland has less fill (see weights, above), the fit, feel and construction is not only VERY similar to the Patagonia but frankly, just plain good.

Costco has been dabbling in higher-tech outdoor clothing lately. Not only are they stocking some excellent tech layers, but the new down puffy and soft shell are clearly nicer that anything they've had before. The new labeling is a bit of an indicator as to which products are in their "high line" in Kirkland stuff -- not every new item have those black, tabbed tags.