GoLite Demaree Canyon Jacket and Anorak Review

Attractive fully-featured multi-purpose insulated down garments, but are they warm enough for our backpacking needs?

Overall Rating: Average

While we admire GoLite’s commitment to producing eco-friendly garments, the heavier fabrics and zippers and added extras like a fleece lined collar and pockets simply add on too much weight. From our perspective as a magazine focused on lightweight backcountry travel, the Demaree Canyon Jacket and Anorak are too heavy for backpacking in relation to the warmth they provide, so we rate the jacket Average and the anorak Below Average. For multi-purpose use, we rate the jacket Above Average and the anorak Average.

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by Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl |

Introduction

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New for fall 2010, the GoLite Demaree Canyon Jacket (shown) and Anorak are insulated with 800 fill-power down and fully featured.

This separate review provides additional descriptive and performance information on the GoLite Demaree Canyon Jacket and Anorak. Read our article Ultralight Three-Season Down Jackets State of the Market Report 2010 for a state-of-the-market analysis and comparative specifications and performance for a range of ultralight down jackets.

GoLite will be back in the three-season down jacket category in fall 2010 with the introduction of their new Demaree Canyon Jacket and Anorak. These new garments, in men's and women's versions, feature the new Pertex Microlight Eco shell fabric, which is 100% recycled polyester. They’re sharp looking and eco-friendly, but how well suited are they for backpacking?

Description

When GoLite product designers created the new Demaree Canyon garments, it’s clear that their primary goals were to make them attractive and eco-friendly. Men’s and women’s versions of both garments have a lot of stylistic quilting, and recycled fabrics made of polyester are preferentially used. The shell fabric on both garments is Pertex Microlight Eco, which is 1.4 oz/y2 (47 g/m2) 100% recycled ripstop polyester with DWR.

Both garments are insulated with 800 fill power down, 3.9 ounces (110 g) in the jacket and 3.4 ounces (95 g) in the anorak, yielding a measured loft of 0.9 inch (2.3 cm) for the jacket and 1.0 inch (2.5 cm) for the anorak. The anorak has less insulation but more loft because it has side and underarm panels of stretch Cocona Minerale fabric, which looks like power-stretch 200 weight fleece.

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Front and rear views of the GoLite Demaree Canyon Jacket, women’s version.

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Front and rear views of the GoLite Demaree Canyon Anorak, women’s version. The anorak has side and underarm panels of stretch Cocona Minerale fabric, which looks like power-stretch 200 weight fleece. The women’s version has snaps on the front opening rather than a zipper.

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Front and rear views of the GoLite Demaree Canyon Jacket, men’s version.

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Front and rear views of the GoLite Demaree Canyon Anorak, men’s version.

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The men’s jacket has one-inch wide elastic cuffs; they are even wider on the women’s version.

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The jacket (men’s shown) has two roomy zippered fleece-lined hand pockets (left). Both the jacket and anorak have one inside zippered security pocket (right).

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The anorak has a large zippered kangaroo pocket on the front (left) with a reach-through hand pocket behind it (right). The cuffs are narrower.

Performance

We tested the jacket and anorak while snowshoeing and backcountry skiing in southern Colorado. Janet found the sizing of the women’s version to be best suited for slender people. On her, the fit in the hips was too tight. The jacket’s two-way zipper allowed her to open the lower part of the jacket so it was less tight. The anorak is a snug fit, and it’s not adjustable. Will found the sizing of the men’s jacket and anorak to be true. The front zipper is difficult to get started on both versions.

Our comparative warmth testing, reported in our state-of-the-market article cited below, found the GoLite Demaree Canyon Jacket and Anorak not as warm as similar jackets. From our field testing we would rate them average for warmth.

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When we field tested the Demaree Jacket and Anorak in a spring shower, we found the shell very water-repellent. However the Minerale fabric on the anorak, and cuffs on both garments, readily soaked up water. In our one-hour indoor “puddle test” the anorak leaked some water through the seams.

Comparisons

Our article Ultralight Three-Season Down Jackets State of the Market Report 2010 provides complete specifications and ratings for the GoLite Demaree Canyon Jacket and Anorak in comparison to a range of other lightweight down jackets. The jackets most similar to the GoLite Demaree Canyon Jacket and Anorak are the Patagonia Down Sweater, Eddie Bauer First Ascent Downlight Sweater, Marmot Zeus/Venus Down Jacket, and Sierra Designs Gnar Down Sweater.

Assessment

Both garments are on the heavy side, and their warmth is below average compared to similar jackets. The Pertex Microlight Eco shell fabric is very soft and wind/water repellent, but it is almost twice as heavy in comparison to new Pertex Quantum. And these garments are loaded with weight-adding features like a #5 front zipper, fleece-lined pockets and collar, fleece side and underarm panels in the anorak, heavy cuffs on the jacket, and a drawcord hem.

Both garments are clearly designed to be attractive, functional, and suited to multiple uses. As multi-use garments, the GoLite Demaree Canyon Jacket and Anorak perform well on day outings and trips to town, but we would not take them backpacking. Their warmth to weight ratio is simply too low. The stretch fabric panels on the anorak function well for cold weather workouts, but they readily soak up water in rainy weather, as do the cuffs on the men’s jacket. Since they are polyester, they will dry out quickly, so perhaps it is not a big issue.

Because of the anorak’s fleece side panels, this is a case where the anorak version weighs more than the jacket version. We like the functionality of the fleece panels (and the large zippered front pocket), but the garment’s overall heavier weight push it into the day-use category.

Specifications and Features - Demaree Canyon Jacket

Manufacturer GoLite (http://www.golite.com/)
Year/Model Fall 2010 Demaree Canyon Jacket
Style Hoodless insulated jacket with full front zipper
Fabrics Shell is 1.4 oz/y2 (47 g/m2) Pertex Microlight Eco 100% recycled ripstop polyester with DWR
Lining is 1.4 oz/yd2 (46g/m2) 100% recycled polyester
Insulation 800 fill power down, 3.9 oz (110 g)
Construction Sewn through with various quilting, set-in sleeves
Loft Measured two-layer loft is 1.75 in (4.5 cm), single-layer loft is 0.9 in (2.3 cm)
Features Down-filled stand up collar, full height reversed #5 YKK front zipper with two sliders, storm flap under zipper, and fleece chin guard; two zippered fleece lined hand pockets; one inside zippered pocket; fleece lined collar; 1-in (2.5 cm) elastic cuffs; drawcord hem; stuff sack included
Weight Measured Weight: size men’s Medium 13.7 oz (388 g), women’s Medium 12.2 oz (346 g)
Manufacturer Specified Average Weight: 14 oz (397 g)
MSRP US$200

Specifications and Features - Demaree Canyon Anorak

Manufacturer GoLite (http://www.golite.com/)
Year/Model Fall 2010 Demaree Canyon Anorak
Style Hoodless insulated jacket with half-height front zipper
Fabrics Shell is 1.4 oz/y2 (47 g/m2) Pertex Microlight Eco 100% recycled ripstop polyester with DWR
Side and underarm panels are 6.8 oz/yd2 (230g/m2) Cocona Minerale (35% Minerale Polyester + 65% Virgin Polyester)
Lining is 1.4 oz/yd2 (46g/m2) 100% recycled polyester
Insulation 800 fill power down, 3.4 oz (95 g)
Construction Sewn through with various quilting, set-in sleeves
Loft Measured two-layer loft is 2.0 in (5.1 cm), single-layer loft is 1.0 in (2.5 cm)
Features Down-filled fleece-lined stand up collar; half-height reversed #5 YKK front zipper with one slider, storm flap under zipper, and fleece chin guard; stretch fleece side and underarm panels; zippered front kangaroo pocket with fleece-lined reach-through pocket underneath; one inside zippered pocket; elastic cuffs drawcord hem; stuffs into kangaroo pocket
Weight Measured Weight: men’s Medium 14.1 oz (400 g), women’s Medium 11.6 oz (329 g)
Manufacturer Specified Average Weight: 14 oz (397 g)
MSRP US$185
Disclosure: The manufacturer provided these products to the author and/or Backpacking Light at no charge, and they are owned by the author/BPL. The author/Backpacking Light has no obligation to review these products to the manufacturer under the terms of this agreement.

Citation

"GoLite Demaree Canyon Jacket and Anorak Review," by Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl. BackpackingLight.com (ISSN 1537-0364).
http://backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/golite_demaree_canyon_jacket_anorak_review.html, 2010-07-27 00:00:00-06.

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GoLite Demaree Canyon Jacket and Anorak Review on 07/27/2010 13:02:08 MDT Print View

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GoHeavy on 07/28/2010 22:57:05 MDT Print View

north face style !!!