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Interest in a down vest
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John West
(skyzo) - F

Locale: Borah Gear
Interest in a down vest on 12/10/2013 14:08:09 MST Print View

Just putting out some feelers to see if people would be interested in another down vest on the market. After seeing how well the down pants we released recently were selling, we decided to eventually move towards a down jacket (hopefully before the new year!) that is looking to weigh in with a finished weight of about 5oz.

The other day I was making another prototype, and before I sewed the sleeves on I thought maybe I would forgo them, and just sew on some edging to make a vest. It was a size medium, and with the 1.8oz of 850 water resistant down, weighed in at 3.95oz.

Anyways, if I thought people would be interested, I would put it up on the website for sale soon.

I'm thinking about $109.99, too high?

Let me know what you think, and here is a picture of another prototype I whipped up this morning:vest

jerry adams
(retiredjerry) - MLife

Locale: Oregon and Washington
Re: Interest in a down vest on 12/10/2013 14:19:40 MST Print View

I have no interest because that would deprive me of the experience of making it myself, but

Is that enough down? What's the loft? Seems like it won't be warm enough, but anything will be warm enough for some temperature. Seems like if you added an ounce it would be more useful.

Why is the bottom baffle not as wide as the upper baffles?

Since the zipper isn't full length, you can't unzip to ventilate when it's warmer. I guess many people like the half length zipper though.

cody yochum

Locale: Nor Cal
I think it would sell on 12/10/2013 15:58:19 MST Print View

Lower weight, more fill, lower price compared to a montbell ul vest. Whats not to like? I would buy one.

todd h
(funnymoney) - MLife

Locale: SE
Re: Interest in a down vest on 12/10/2013 16:29:51 MST Print View


Given your reputation for quality, I think this vest will sell at your initial price.

Regarding Jerry's questions, I assume it being a prototype answers the baffle size question. And regarding the loft, it appears at least as lofty as my beloved Montbell products!

Looks great!

Stephen Komae
(skomae) - MLife

Locale: northeastern US
too late for me on 12/10/2013 20:21:03 MST Print View

It's too bad your vest wasn't an option when I bought a down vest... seeing as it's half the weight. I think your suggested pricing is fair.

michael levi
(M.L) - F

Locale: W-Never Eat Soggy (W)affles
re on 12/10/2013 20:35:01 MST Print View

I like to carry one 7-8 ounces hooded down jacket. It's a perfect combo for a quilt because of the head warmth.

josh wagner
(StainlessSteel) - F
jacket on 12/10/2013 20:59:27 MST Print View

i personally won't ever carry a vest. for me, in central PA, if it's cold enough for a vest, then it's cold enough for a jacket. i prefer to have sleeves. that's just my personal preference...

wiiawiwb wiiawiwb
(wiiawiwb) - F
down pants on 12/10/2013 21:34:56 MST Print View

John, kindly excuse my ignorance but what down pants do you speak of?

Edited by wiiawiwb on 12/10/2013 21:35:28 MST.

Serge Giachetti
(sgiachetti) - M

Locale: Boulder, CO
interested on 12/10/2013 23:31:34 MST Print View

Interest is high. Thats pretty much exactly what I would look for in a UL down vest--about %50 fill weight, half zip, and a high collar and elastic hem to seal out drafts. Price is right, too. Although for 1 oz more I'd be very tempted to get a pullover jacket with a similar design and slightly more fill.

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: @Tarptent
Interest in a down vest on 12/10/2013 23:45:53 MST Print View

I'm interested..

Cesar Valdez
(PrimeZombie) - F

Locale: Scandinavia
Looks nice! on 12/11/2013 01:16:22 MST Print View

Cool. Right now I have three items on my UL gear wish list, and one is either a down jacket or a down vest. I'm leaning towards vest because it seems to be more versatile than say a hooded down jacket, especially if you use a windshirt (which I do).

I will mos def keep an eye on Borah in the future. I am also way more inclined to support small indie shops, and encourage everyone to do the same.

Ben Crocker
(alexdrewreed) - M

Locale: Kentucky
Interest in a down vest on 12/11/2013 09:15:40 MST Print View

Looks pretty nice to me. I see no need for a full zipper on a puffy like this. Since I am wearing it only in camp or in my bag, overheating is rarely as issue.

I have a Stoic jacket that uses snaps instead of the zipper. I have really like it. It keeps warm and has none of the neck/chin abrasion that is sometimes irritating with a zipper.

Link .
(annapurna) - MLife
Re: down pants on 12/11/2013 09:31:29 MST Print View

These are Johns down pants

David Olsen

Locale: Steptoe Butte
Re: Interest in a down vest on 12/11/2013 10:03:15 MST Print View

On a vest or jacket, I like a full zipper and a large inside pocket just above the hip belt on my week side to stuff mittens, ski skins etc.