I'm considering purchasing an ultralight hooded down jacket (the hood is a must) to use as my primary insulating layer (in camp) on an upcoming PCT thru hike, and I'm trying to get a full grasp of my options. The following list comprises the main contenders that are on my radar so far:
Montbell UL Down Parka: 9.0oz (2.5oz of 800fp down fill) - $175
Backcountry.com Hadron Down Anorak: 7.4oz (not sure how many ounces of fill) - $135
Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer: 7.5oz total weight (not sure how many ounces of fill) - $320
Patagonia UL Down Hoody: 9.3oz (not sure how many ounces of fill) - $349
Of these, I've tried on the Patagonia UL Down Hoody and the Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer. The Patagonia UL Down Hoody is nice but the fit is a little snugger than I would like (I am 5'10" 165lbs and I generally take a men's medium jacket size). This jacket is also totally out of my price range, so I would only consider it if I could find a good deal on a used one.
I loved the Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer in a men's size medium. Perfect fit, very warm and light. Unfortunately, this jacket, like the Patagonia one, is out of my price range unless I could get a good deal on a used one.
The Backcountry.com Hadron Down Anorak seems great, except for the fact that it doesn't have a full front zipper, which I think is a deal breaker for me since it severely limits the versatility of the jacket IMO.
The Montbell UL Down Parka seems like it might just be the ticket for me, being warm, light, and relatively inexpensive, but I have yet to try one on so I don't know how this jacket would fit me.
Am I missing anything comparable here? Is there any compelling reason to not just save money and go with the Montbell (assuming it fits me)?
Are all these jackets comparably warm? I hate it how most of the manufacturers will not tell you how much fill is in the jacket. So frustrating...
My other option is to save my money and just use the Patagonia R2 jacket fleece that I already own, but I'm afraid that even with all my layers on (Cap 2 baselayer + polyester t-shirt + R2 fleece jacket + windshell) I won't be warm enough while sitting in camp on cold nights and mornings.
I'm not really interested in being cold, even if it would save me a few ounces (which it wouldn't in this case, since the R2 fleece jacket weighs 12.5oz).
Anyway, thanks for your input!