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Rusty Beaver
(rustyb) - F

Locale: Rocky Mountains
Anyone use the Zpacks "Goose Hood"? on 01/09/2013 11:40:27 MST Print View

I've been talking to GooseFeet Gear (makes the hood in question for Zpacks) about making a custom version...one lined with .34 oz cuben. I'd use this hood with a hoodless bag. The cuben would replace the shower cap VBL I normally wear while sleeping.

At any rate, my questions are general...like how you like it, does it seal well, how's the fit, amount of loft, warm for you down in the 20's, what you'd change, etc.

Anyone?

Richard Nisley
(richard295) - M

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: Anyone use the Zpacks "Goose Hood"? on 01/09/2013 11:51:09 MST Print View

I own this product and it is very well made. I use it for static use under my hard shell with my FUGU and for 3 season quilt sleeping. It has approximately 1/2 the fill of the Down Works hood. I use the DW hood for winter use with my quilt only; it is too voluminous to fit under most hard shell hoods.

michael levi
(M.L) - F

Locale: W-Never Eat Soggy (W)affles
Re on 01/09/2013 12:04:26 MST Print View

So zpacks has it made by goose feet?

Peter Fokkinga
(nitto)

Locale: the Netherlands
re: made by GoosFeet? on 01/09/2013 12:29:30 MST Print View

Well, that's what the zpacks websites says: "This item is sewn for ZPacks by Ben Smith at GooseFeet"

michael levi
(M.L) - F

Locale: W-Never Eat Soggy (W)affles
re on 01/09/2013 12:32:37 MST Print View

Did'nt know that. Outdoorgearlab.com has a good review of the hood though.

Rusty Beaver
(rustyb) - F

Locale: Rocky Mountains
Re: Re: Anyone use the Zpacks "Goose Hood"? on 01/09/2013 15:19:47 MST Print View

Thanks, Richard. Any idea on the amount of loft the Zpacks hood has?

Richard Nisley
(richard295) - M

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: Re: Re: Anyone use the Zpacks "Goose Hood"? on 01/09/2013 18:02:30 MST Print View

Rusty,

The double layer loft & weight of my Goose Hood averages 3 1/4" & 38g versus 4 1/2" and 80g for my Down Works Standard hood. The Goose Hood is what I use the majority of the time because it is adequate down to 20F with my quilt; it works great to adapt a down jacket to parka-like protection; and it is very light weight. Below 20F, my Down Works standard hood is my preference because it is much warmer.

Edited by richard295 on 01/09/2013 18:16:20 MST.

Rusty Beaver
(rustyb) - F

Locale: Rocky Mountains
Re: Re: Re: Re: Anyone use the Zpacks "Goose Hood"? on 01/10/2013 09:02:19 MST Print View

Thanks, Richard.

Bradley Attaway
(AttaboyBrad) - F

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Seconded on 01/10/2013 11:08:02 MST Print View

I too own the zPacks GooseHood and concur with everything Richard said above.

It has small grosgrain loops at the bottom of the front and that back that allow some shock cord to be looped under the arms for a super strong seal. I've used it with a TNF Diez half-zip, Mountain Hardwear Nitro, and Patagonia down sweater vest. I have no complaints about the integration of hood and jacket with any of these collars both with and without shockcord.

It was, in fact, my ownership of exclusively hoodless insulated jackets (except for my shell and windshirt) that inspired my purchase after reading about Andrew Skurka and John Abela's strong preference for hooded jackets.

I haven't slept in it below freezing (my sub freezing sleeping bags all have hoods integrated) but it's kept my head warm during some early mornings around Tahoe that registered in the low teens Fahrenheit.

There's a simple cord loop running from the chin around the face that can be cinched, and I've found it provides a good seal, but I don't know how unique that is to my head shape.

The craftsmanship and finish is excellent.

Blah blah blah just buy it, it's awesome.

Rusty Beaver
(rustyb) - F

Locale: Rocky Mountains
Re: Seconded on 01/18/2013 18:15:20 MST Print View

Thank you, Bradley.

michael levi
(M.L) - F

Locale: W-Never Eat Soggy (W)affles
ordered an all 7d on 01/25/2013 11:49:44 MST Print View

Black inside and black outside in 7d.

I hope the durability is good, pretty excited.

michael levi
(M.L) - F

Locale: W-Never Eat Soggy (W)affles
temps with quilt? on 02/13/2013 13:57:09 MST Print View

I'm wondering what temperatures you guys find ideal for the down hood.

One thing I like about mine is that is soft, and doesnt feel too tight like a beanie might.

Rusty Beaver
(rustyb) - F

Locale: Rocky Mountains
Here's mine... on 02/15/2013 19:19:01 MST Print View

10d outer shell and .34 oz cuben inner liner. Should boost the warmth by a fair degree (no pun). Weighs 1.1 oz. Ordered from GooseFeet.

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