by Carol Crooker | 2005-12-23 03:00:00-07
Jacks 'R' Better is going for function, not fashion with their new JRB Down Hood. The hood is designed to mate with their No Sniveller Quilt. It has a very simple design, basically a square shape with Omni-tape (non-scratchy Velcro-like tape)around the bottom edge, and a drawcord along the face opening. There is a tuck in the rear half of the crown, while the forward half is not sewn. The rear seam on the hood and a mid-height seam on each side are sewn through. The crown is not sewn through to avoid a cold spot.
I attached the hood to a No Sniveller quilt and tried it on. The hood seals nicely to the No Sniveller, and has a long enough neck that the quilt sits on my shoulders rather than being suspended from my head (a problem with the Speer Hammock Frog Sac design). The neck opening on the JRB Hood is wide (so it fits the head opening on the No Sniveller) and doesn't have an adjustment mechanism such as a drawcord. I tried it on with other garments (Bozeman Mountain Works Cocoon, MontBell U.L. Thermawrap Inner vest, and Marmot DriClime windshirt) and the neck opening gapped, especially in the front. The micro-fleece collar linings on the MontBell and Marmot tops provided enough friction to keep the back of the hood inside the jacket collars for the couple of minutes I had them on. Safety pining a fold in both sides to reduce the neck opening may be a viable option to "tailor" the hood and reduce drafts when using the hood with other garments and for sleeping.
The JRB Down Hood is also compatible with the Jacks 'R' Better Nest Down Under Quilt. The hood in conjunction with the Down Sleeves Jacks 'R' Better is also offering, convert the No Sniveller quilt into an in-camp parka at a cost of only 7 ounces. Jacks 'R' Better suggests wearing the whole set under an oversized jacket such as the DriDucks rain jacket, for even more warmth.
"Jacks 'R' Better JRB Down Hood SPOTLITE REVIEW," by Carol Crooker. BackpackingLight.com (ISSN 1537-0364).
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