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Zorg Zumo
(BurnNotice) - F
Just bought one in XXL on 09/22/2012 12:59:05 MDT Print View

Fit is very good, not tight in the shoulders or arms - back length is good. Good zipper that doesn't snag. Good windblock under the zipper. Good waist cinch. Collar fit good. No pokies from feathers and no downy seams. Exterior pockets seem a bit high up, (Chinese have short arms?), but put your hands under the insulation which is nice. Interior pocket seems fine. Color choices are Black (really a dark steel), Steel grey, and Funky green (no idea what to compare it to).

My XXL squished down to cantaloupe-size without issue and would go smaller if it mattered. The jacket/sweater does not have it's own stuff sack, which is fine for me as I would only stuff it into the top of my pack anyway.

It should be considered a light jacket at best. It is NOT a sub-zero puffy down coat. I bought it to be part of a layering system for fall hiking. My guess is that it is fine by itself when sitting around at 40*F. Add a shell over the top and a light sweater underneath and together it should be good for colder than I like.

I have no qualms about spending $70 on it because I'm not interested in making a backpacking fashion statement. The other light jacket I was interested in was the REI Revelcloud, which I missed when it was $79 a month ago. Different insulation but same weight.

Obviously I have no real world use with this jacket yet, so take my "review" accordingly. Hope this helps.

drowning in spam
(leaftye) - F

Locale: SoCal
Re: Adult Puffy for first time ever in history of universe on 09/23/2012 03:59:55 MDT Print View

Erik, it's moot for the reason you're thinking of, but there are other reasons for wanting to see it. Finding that old thread, if it exists, can reveal how well this jacket worked, and let us know who has long term experience with it. Also, knowing that that old thread doesn't exist, and could not have existed, or was for a different jacket, means no one else wastes there time looking for something that isn't there.

Thanks for your impressions and comparison of this jacket.

Michael K
(chinookhead) - F - M
Weight 13 oz on 09/23/2012 10:12:04 MDT Print View

I posted weight of 13oz. for the large with tags here.

http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/forums/thread_display.html?forum_thread_id=68036&skip_to_post=581441#581441

Ozzy McKinney
(PorcupinePhobia) - F

Locale: PNW
I'm happy with it on 09/23/2012 17:31:58 MDT Print View

I bought one a few days ago and just used it on a weekend trip in the North Cascades. Size Large, 12.6oz on my scale. I'm 6'5" 180lb, and I bought it because the arm length is longer than the Patagonia or Montbell jackets I've tried on. Cut is generous, to say the least (they are selling them at Costco, after all). I used it over a lightweight nylon hiking shirt (columbia), and was comfortable sitting around in a socked-in camp between 45-50 degrees. The dwr is no joke, beaded like drizzle and the constant misting like a champ, shook right off. For 70$ and a tall-guy fit, I'm stoked on it. Packs down to about softball size.

Yuri R
(Yazon) - F
Sizing on 09/26/2012 21:25:19 MDT Print View

Just want to say that I also found the sizing to be on the large side. I'm 6'4" and around 176lbs, and size L fits perfect in arms, but is too big and has a lot of space in arms and torso. Size M is slightly short in arms...

Either way - i don't think this is a great deal compared to deals on here or on some other discount type sites.

Zorg Zumo
(BurnNotice) - F
Re: Sizing on 09/27/2012 12:29:13 MDT Print View

I guess I'm not following why you don't think it is a good deal. This is Costco's everyday price - so folks can buy it now, later, anytime. The amazing, magic deals you refer to happen when? And for how much?

No offense, but I suspect that at 6'4" and 176lbs you are going to have a difficult time finding a perfect fit.

Erik Basil
(EBasil) - M

Locale: Atzlan
Re: Re: Sizing on 09/27/2012 14:12:29 MDT Print View

:) I was built like Zorg when I graduated high school, although an inch taller. I swam in shirts that weren't "slim fit", just like he does, and often had to pick between adequate sleeve length vs. tent-like fit with gear. Of course, he's going to swim in an "L" jacket designed for a 44-inch chest when he's fit like a cross-country runner. And as with anything, the beauty of being able to fondle and try on the product is that we can figure out what fits us, very quickly.

In my case, my sleeve length, chest size, shoulder width and massive lipid storage component make the XL appropriate and it feels just like my Patagonia XL does, too. At $70 plus local tax, this is a very good deal, even though it doesn't have a chi-chi label on it. I'm gonna call Mont-Bell and beg up some stickers.


Hey, those hot dogs are only $1.50... I can afford several! Oink

eric chan
(bearbreeder) - F - M
commoditized on 09/27/2012 15:04:09 MDT Print View

800 fill jackets are being commoditized along with every other good piece of outdoor gear ... IMO this is a GOOD thing as it means lower prices for good quality and return policies ...

theres no reason why the teaming masses shouldnt have warm poofays ... just like fleeces, softshells, rain jackets, shaved sheep, etc ...

Scott Pickard
(gon2srf)

Locale: Southern California
Calvin Klein women's down jacket on 09/29/2012 13:38:15 MDT Print View

There is another down jacket available at Costco. Womens Calvin Klein XS-XXL 90% down 10% feathers No notation of fill amounit. No hood, Two zippered hand pockets and two interior pockets. $39.99. I am 5' 11" 210lbs. and the xxl fits awesome. Needs a waist cinch to make it a less feminine cut. Will post pics soon.

Edited by gon2srf on 09/30/2012 17:37:45 MDT.

Richard Fischel
(RICKO) - F
i'm 6' 2", 200#'s and the large would be perfect on 09/30/2012 08:57:31 MDT Print View

over a baselyer with some room to spare. i thought it was a pretty nice jacket. costco is located in issaquah, washington, maybe they have somebody on staff that wants to grow their outdoor clothing line.

Kevin J
(KevinJ) - F
DWR? on 10/04/2012 12:28:55 MDT Print View

How water repellent can this or any other down jacket like it be made?

See, while this looks like a nice jacket to throw in my pack for post-hike, say down to 40 insulation, I would most likely use it just as much travelling. I like a nice light jacket when moving between terminals, airport to transportation, cab or car to store or restaurant, etc. Problem is, I've been caught in some serious downpours at times, though not for long periods of time. I've been kinda laser focused on synthetics such as a nano-puff because of this, but can a down jacket be made to be just as suitable?

Ozzy McKinney
(PorcupinePhobia) - F

Locale: PNW
repellent vs absorbent on 10/04/2012 14:24:52 MDT Print View

The DWR in the shell allows water to (hopefully) bead up and roll off, making it decent in a light, brief drizzle. This is the same for the synthetic. The absorbency, and sustained loft, is the issue. When the garment becomes SOAKED through, the synthetic maintains more of its loft, and thus warmth. So the DWR isn't really the issue, as in a downpour either garment will become soaked. The down garment just requires a bit more forethought than the synthetic. For this reason, I believe down is generally well suited to backpacking, being thrown on at rest stops and in camp, and stowed most of the day in your pack liner.

Hammock Hanger
(Travelpro) - F
2011 Jacket info on 10/05/2012 20:33:47 MDT Print View

I just revisited this thread and am a bit surprised at the fuss.
Yes, in 2011 I bought at my local Costco a $40 down kirklands jacket exactly like the 2012 photo posted by this thread's OP. Bought it, took it home, compared it to my First Ascent jacket , kept it about a month & reluctantly returned it since the FA already covered my needs. Mine was black; IIRC the other options were blue and green, neither in shades I liked.
All the observations about the 2012 jacket also are correct for that 2011 jacket, including weight. I had a men's XL which fit me well at 6.0 and 180. It was NOT a child's jacket, although I believe the posters who say those are also good buys.
I agree someone at Costco is, happily, interested in offering some good quality technical gear.
So far this year thatvsame Costco branch has not had any men's down products, although they have had the $30 women's down mentioned elsewhere.
Part of Costco's success formula is focusing their store demographics. Of the two Costco's near me, one is noticeably upscale ( where I found that 2011 down jacket) and the other trends much more blue collar. They will have very different offerings in apparel, electronics etc. Products also only get a short rotation life: badabbing, some items are only there 7-10 days and gone. Most of their product lines, including apparel, never appear in their online catalog--this is not REI or LLBean with long product lives.
As for why the same jacket was in one of my Costcos last year and again more widely in 2012, my affluent outdoorsy East Coast store could have been selected for test marketing to gauge demand or was just deemed more likely to respond to a Patagonia knockoff.
I liked the 2011 jacket a lot BTW and would have kept it if I hadn't already had the FA jacket. The Costco jacket was packable, not under filled to my eye, had good long sleeve length as it should, and was cut to layer well. Outer shell fabric less luxurious than the FA (doh) but nice enough and felt reasonably durable.

Kevin J
(KevinJ) - F
Sizing on 10/09/2012 11:02:29 MDT Print View

Just to add a little information: I'm 5'10", 180lb or so (little bit of pudge on me) and about 42.75" chest. Unfortunately, I have a hard time finding clothes that fit me as I am a large medium or a small large.

I had very much wanted a Patagonia Nano Puff, but after trying one one I discovered they just don't fit me. The medium was too restricting and the large I swam in, especially considering the generous cut.

The medium from Costco fits pretty near perfect. Just right around the middle, good arm length and pretty good overall length. Shoulders could be just a touch larger, but then it would probably be too big for most medium people out there.

Erik Basil
(EBasil) - M

Locale: Atzlan
Costco Down backpacking gear still on sale on 11/28/2012 10:49:12 MST Print View

FYI, just back from Costco in SoCal:

--the adult down jacket, a la Patagonia down sweater, is still on the racks

--the youth down jacket, is still on the racks

--there's a new, girlie-version of the youth down, with fur

--there's a women's down vest, still on the racks, $30

--there's a new 600-fill women's down puffy, $35

J. R.
(pianodirt) - F

Locale: PNW
Available on costco.com on 12/07/2012 15:17:23 MST Print View

I bought the medium size right from Costco.com. I think shipping was $2.99. Shipped from Canada, IIRC. You can even pay a small extra fee (I think it was $3-$4) if you are not a Costco member.

I'm 5'10", 165lbs. The jacket fits me well. I have seen other guys around town with what I thought was the exact same jacket, only for them to turn around and to see the front of the jacket with that ever popular "Patagonia" label. Don't get me wrong, all the Patagucci stuff I've owned fits like nothing else and lasts. But $200 for the P Down Sweater vs. $70 for the Costco one? The Costco is made in Vietnam and on Patagonia's site it says made in Vietnam or China. From the outside, they look nearly identical, the styling. Even the pockets (including the inner one) look remarkably similar.

I have yet to actually try on one of the said Patagonia down sweaters, anyone compared these two, side by side? I do know the P one is supposedly lighter by a few ounces, yes I know, a big deal for us weight freaks. But what a $ deal...

EDIT: The Patagonia Down Sweater is 12.1 oz for size M. Someone here said their Costco version was 13oz for size L. I will weigh my Costco size M later and report back. They are closer in weight than I had previously thought.

Edited by pianodirt on 12/07/2012 15:25:41 MST.

Hammock Hanger
(Travelpro) - F
Re: Available on costco.com on 12/07/2012 17:57:15 MST Print View

FYI: I am 6.0", 185, 34 pants waist, and in shirts I wear a 35-36 sleeve length usually. The Large fit me just fine, and with plenty of sleeve length to keep my wrists covered with my arms outstretched. Also roomy enough to wear it over a fleece vest.

Nice to be able to buy it online. The black is black, the grey is a sort of muted silver-pewter-grey.

Erik Basil
(EBasil) - M

Locale: Atzlan
Re: Available on costco.com on 12/07/2012 22:25:48 MST Print View

JR, I've compared the Patagonia and Kirklands, side by side, as I own both. I love the Patagonia and have used it well. My only complaint is that the shell is so soft that it tears easily and I have repair tape on both cuffs and inside where the stuff pocket zipper snagged it.

I bought the Kirkland because I could tell it was a screaming deal after I checked it out in the store and I wanted to test it out to see whether I could recommend it to my fellow Scout leaders and some of the larger youth. Since starting this thread, I've worn it many times, stuffed it down twice, managed to find myself in heavy fog without a shell and come to like it very much. The shell is more durable than the Patagonia, oh and the "Scout Green" version is spot-on in terms of color. The interior pocket is smaller, is not mesh and does not have a two-sided zipper--it is not a stuff pocket-- and this is the primary shortcoming of the jacket.

The fit between the two XL's I own is nearly identical and the methods of construction ARE identical. Stitch placement, cuff material, etc... all the same (as if there's much room to vary).

In terms of weight, the Patagonia weighs more. I tared out a hanger and put them on the digital scale:
--Patagonia Down Sweater: 16.1oz
--Kirkland Down jacket: 13.1 oz

I think it must be fill, because I can't believe the Kirkland shell cloth weighs less than the softer, thinner gucci stuff. It hasn't been cold enough for me to discern the difference.

Nick VanBurkleo
(EnvyBee) - F - MLife

Locale: Midwest
Might as well be a unicorn... on 02/04/2013 11:40:40 MST Print View

I've been waiting for these to make their way up to MN but I haven't seen any hit the shelves since this thread started. They aren't available online anymore, so it looks like I've missed that window as well. Up here the stores deny that they even exist. I'm beginning to think that these are the down-sweater equivalent of Bigfoot.

Out of curiosity (and hope that I have friends in those areas), are you folks still seeing these in stores? If so, which ones?

Sharon J.
(squark) - F

Locale: SF Bay area
re: unicorn on 02/04/2013 14:47:21 MST Print View

Nick, if you're a size large and like green, I have one I could send you. I bought it for my Dad, he wore it for about half an hour and decided it didn't really suit his needs.