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Mike W
(skopeo) - F

Locale: British Columbia
MEC Degree Down Jacket on 09/22/2012 22:13:24 MDT Print View

I was at my local Mountain Equipment Coop (MEC) store today and tried on one of their new Degree Down Jackets.

I was very impressed with the feel and weight, so I went home and looked up the technical details and this thing still looks very good! From their Question and Answer section, they list the fill weight at 237 grams of insulation (> 8 oz.). Being pessimistic, I deducted the weight of the polarTec zipper flap (which might be included in the insulation total... I don't actually know) and it still comes in at more than 170 grams (6 oz.) of 800 fill, DWR treated down.

The outer fabric is 20 denier nylon and a size small lists as weighing about 564 grams (20 ozs.). This jacket doesn't have a hood (which is a plus for me... I don't like hoods on down layers), so the weight of the fill is distributed in just the body. I also like the fact that they included some inside pockets.

So my Question is... has anybody tried one of these? Any comments good or bad would be appreciated.

samuel smillie
(sam_smillie) - F

Locale: central canada
curious too on 11/27/2012 18:06:33 MST Print View

Yeah I've noticed this jacket as well. Looks like a good compromise between lighter weight (sub 6 ounce fill) jackets and full on-expedition parkas that come with increased denier fabrics and lower down/total weight ratios. I would definitely have to sell a jacket or too before I could justify buying this but as a head's up --> It's on SALE!

Edited by sam_smillie on 11/27/2012 18:15:00 MST.