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is a Downtek hooded jacket the new insualtion layer?
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Brett Peugh
(bpeugh) - F - M

Locale: Midwest
is a Downtek hooded jacket the new insualtion layer? on 10/11/2013 17:23:43 MDT Print View

I have been thinking a bit and I guess what I would like to get is a Downtek down jacket with a hood to be that insulation layer for colder temps and also for the wet. I am not going to walk around in the rain with it so I am not worried about that too much. The thing is I don't think there is anyone out there that makes something in the XLT-XXLT range. Millet and Brooks Range both make hooded jackets but I can't find anymore. Thoughts, suggestions?

Stuart .
(lotuseater) - F

Locale: Colorado
Re: Downtek on 10/11/2013 17:57:30 MDT Print View

GoLite came out with the Bitterroot in Downtek for $199 this season. Might be worth a look

just Justin Whitson
Re: is a Downtek hooded jacket the new insualtion layer? on 10/11/2013 21:56:40 MDT Print View

There are also DIY down treatments, but i have no idea how well they work or not. What little i've read and researched about it, there seems to be some controversy/disagreement about whether or not these help.

Brett Peugh
(bpeugh) - F - M

Locale: Midwest
downtek on 10/12/2013 07:08:46 MDT Print View

Yeah, I forgot about the Bitterroot. That might work in an XXL.

And I don't know about the wash-ins but then again I really haven't heard anything about them. Will they work lie the DWR stuff where you have to keep applying it over and over because I am looking for something more permanent.

Brett Peugh
(bpeugh) - F - M

Locale: Midwest
Bitterroot on 10/13/2013 07:38:44 MDT Print View

I did contact Golite and the Bitterroot does have 150g of insulation in it which is over 5oz so it will be really puffy.

Greg F
(GregF) - F

Locale: Canadian Rockies
mec degree jacket on 10/15/2013 18:05:40 MDT Print View

Mec has a light degree hoodie. It is cut fairly large and is not too poofy. Slighly more loft than a patty down sweater but much warmer. 180 grams of down.

Edit: this is not a downtek down jacket. I could have sworn it was last year. They did clear out the old ones though and this is the revised model.

Edited by GregF on 10/15/2013 18:09:04 MDT.

John Whynot

Locale: Southeast Texas
Re: is a Downtek hooded jacket the new insualtion layer? on 10/15/2013 18:36:05 MDT Print View

EMS has the Icarus hooded jacket, but I don't think it comes in tall sizes...

Brett Peugh
(bpeugh) - F - M

Locale: Midwest
ems on 10/16/2013 07:49:19 MDT Print View

I did see the EMS but it only goes up to a XL which is not enough. Thanks.

hwc 1954
(wcollings) - M
LL Bean on 10/16/2013 15:15:13 MDT Print View

LL Bean makes their 850 fill power DownTek jacket up to XXL and also up to XXL a tall version. It does not have a hood, though.

Marmot is making both their Guides Down and Hangtime hoodies with Down Defender (their version of DownTek). However, both are 650 fill power duck down so they don't pack down as small. I have the older Hangtime and it's more of a full-on winter coat. Big, puffy, and warm.

For a hoody, I lust for their 900 fill Quasar Hoody with 10D Quantuum Pertex. I have the similar 800 fill Zeus jacket (no hood) that I found for $99 at TJ MAXX. It might be the most comfortable piece of clothing I've ever worn. Goes in my pack for an insulation layer, but I've also been known to put it on while watching football on the sofa, just because it's so comfortable...

Edited by wcollings on 10/16/2013 15:23:12 MDT.

Brett Peugh
(bpeugh) - F - M

Locale: Midwest
meh Marmot on 10/17/2013 07:55:01 MDT Print View

Thanks for the suggestions. I looked at the Marmot stuff and it doesn't seem to be better than the Golite either on price or weight.

Tjaard Breeuwer
(Tjaard) - MLife

Locale: Minnesota, USA
goosefeet on 10/22/2013 08:55:22 MDT Print View

Goosefeet or Nunatak will do custom sizing, and they are have only and all the features you want.