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?? Vest OR full sleeve down coat??
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kevin campbell
(rockymtbiker) - F

Locale: Michigan
?? Vest OR full sleeve down coat?? on 06/25/2013 00:22:49 MDT Print View

I see that vests are pretty popular. So, you are clearly giving up something, but what are you gaining other than the loss of weight?

I like vests, but haven't honestly really relied on a vest to keep me warm to survive OR just stay warm when I can't go into the house OR car for some extra layers OR full jacket!

I'm buying one of the other this week, so I best make up my mind fast!

I do most of my hiking in the summer here in Michigan. I'll likely wear it to bed to assist keeping me warm on those cold nights in my tent.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: ?? Vest OR full sleeve down coat?? on 06/25/2013 00:27:26 MDT Print View

I already have a windproof-rainproof shell on my rain jacket, so I don't need another one. For insulation, I have one down inner jacket and one down vest.

If I think the weather might get a little cool, I can take the down inner jacket. If I think it will get downright cold, then I can take the down vest with it. In either case for wind, the rain jacket goes over it.


Drew Jay

Locale: Central Coast
Separate sleeves on 06/25/2013 00:29:02 MDT Print View

I carry down sleeves for sleeping and always wear them since I like to stick my arms out of my quilt (stomach sleeper.) Add a vest and I have a versatile, fully modular system.

Edited by drewjh on 06/25/2013 02:37:55 MDT.

jerry adams
(retiredjerry) - MLife

Locale: Oregon and Washington
Re: ?? Vest OR full sleeve down coat?? on 06/25/2013 08:25:01 MDT Print View

I just use vest.

I don't like the constriction of sleeves when I move my arms around.

Temperature of arms is less than torso so the insulation around torso does more good.

With long sleeve shirt, vest, and jacket for walking around, or shirt, vest, quilt sleeping I stay warm down to 20 F.

kevin campbell
(rockymtbiker) - F

Locale: Michigan
v on 06/26/2013 00:07:34 MDT Print View

OK! I'm going with the vest!