Two new UL synth puffies
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Serge G.
(sgiachetti) - M

Locale: Boulder, CO
Two new UL synth puffies on 08/10/2013 23:51:01 MDT Print View

For a while the rab xenon was about the lightest synthetic puffy with a hood. Good to see a couple other options emerging in that same weight range:

Arc'Teryx Nuclei

http://www.arcteryx.com/product.aspx?language=EN&gender=Mens&model=Nuclei-Hoody

Mountain Hardwear Thermostatic Hoody

http://www.mountainhardwear.com/Men%27s-Thermostaticâ„¢-Hooded-Jacket/OM5667,default,pd.html

The Nuclei looks especially good with 80gm in the core and without all those sewn through panels

Edited by sgiachetti on 08/10/2013 23:52:15 MDT.

Ozzy McKinney
(PorcupinePhobia) - F

Locale: PNW
Thermostatic on 08/11/2013 00:09:01 MDT Print View

I have the thermostatic. Light, compressible, warm, but the hood is huge, non-adjustable, and basically useless. The arms are also too short. I'm past the time frame to return it, so I'll probably trade it in at the local gear shop.

John S.
(jshann) - F
Re: Two new UL synth puffies on 08/11/2013 05:49:11 MDT Print View

Golite Wenatchee, no hood.

Edited by jshann on 08/11/2013 05:53:29 MDT.

Ross Bleakney
(rossbleakney) - MLife

Locale: Cascades
Re: Two new UL synth puffies on 08/11/2013 09:39:37 MDT Print View

Those look like good jackets. It's too bad that BPL/Oware stopped making their puffy hoody (http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/cocoon_ul_60_hoody.html#.Ugeu4aycx8E). I've got one and really like it, but I have to baby it knowing that there really isn't a replacement at that weight (although those other ones are close).

Matt Weaver
(norcalweaver) - F

Locale: PacNW
Re: Re: Two new UL synth puffies on 08/11/2013 10:42:34 MDT Print View

I've been using the Nuclei for a couple weeks now, and am pretty impressed by it thus far. The hood is a nice fit with no helmet, materials are very soft and reminiscent of how my last comfy down puffy felt (which is important as I use my jackets as a sleep layer often) and the arms are nice and long. This was my first Arcteryx purchase and am thoroughly impressed by the fit. I'm a slender/tall/athletic build and almost every garment I try is baggy in some spot or another. This jacket feels tailored to my physique. I will add though that if you have much extra weight, you might need to size up or consider a different jacket. I haven't had a chance to test it out in very low temps yet, but in the morning when it's still lower 50s I'm sweating in it, so I have no doubts with my merino long sleeve and this jacket that I'll be comfortable in all 3 season temps. My large came in at 11oz.

The price seemed reasonable on this jacket too, considering what the brand historically gets away with charging.

Eric Blumensaadt
(Danepacker) - MLife

Locale: Mojave Desert
Synthetic fill v.s. DriDown, et al on 08/11/2013 12:07:28 MDT Print View

I read a report (Backpacker magazine) that said Dri Down sleeping bags dried FASTER when soaked than did synthetic bags.

So if the new down treatment is that good is it worth it getting synthetic fill clothing? Just askin'

Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: The Great Lakes Bay Region
Re: Synthetic fill v.s. DriDown, et al on 08/11/2013 13:21:59 MDT Print View

Hi Eric,

Could you post a link to that report.

Max Dilthey
(mdilthey) - M

Locale: MaxTheCyclist.com
Not Exactly on 08/11/2013 14:26:29 MDT Print View

Not exactly similar, but my "All-Weather-Because-I'm-Too-Poor-to-Own-Two-Jackets" insulated jacket is an Arcteryx Atom SV I found on sale a long time ago.

It's heavier (and likely warmer) than this new one by 6oz, but if the cut is similar, I can say it's top-notch. It fits me perfect and I use it for sleeping on a regular basis.

Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: The Great Lakes Bay Region
Re: Not Exactly on 08/11/2013 14:39:49 MDT Print View

The Sv does rock Max:-)

Eric Blumensaadt
(Danepacker) - MLife

Locale: Mojave Desert
Backpacker mag link on 08/11/2013 19:02:11 MDT Print View

Stephen,

Sorry, I'm only semi-computer literate and don't know how to post a link. Love it when someone does.

Just look at Backpacker Magazine online this week and it should be there. It's an article on DWR treated down sleeping bags.

Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: The Great Lakes Bay Region
Re: Backpacker mag link on 08/11/2013 19:05:57 MDT Print View

Cheers Eric,

I will deploy my Google-Fu.

Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: The Great Lakes Bay Region
Nuclei on 03/18/2014 19:29:21 MDT Print View

I got a Nuceli a few weeks ago and I am very impressed.
Size Xl comes in at 310g and at that weight it packs a massive warmth punch.

Brian Lindahl
(lindahlb) - MLife

Locale: Colorado Rockies
Re: Thermostatic on 03/20/2014 11:31:11 MDT Print View

I've been using the Thermostatic for a year now. I don't think the hood is huge at all. Seems to work just fine for me. I've definitely been in some seriously windy conditions, too (13,000' ridgelines in winter). My L actually comes in right at 10.6oz.

I'm a big fan of down, normally, but this is my ski touring insulation and needs to deal with wet snow. I carry a Blizzard Bag for emergencies, so the light insulation works for me. I don't really stop and hang around much.