Whether you're on cloud nine, dancing through pillows of powder or posted up at the corner coffee shop, sucking down some tasty jet-fuel, Kuhl's Spyfire Down Jacket for Men indulges you in the cozy warmth and unparalleled performance of 800 fill-down. The Spyfire is an innovative jacket that takes technical down to a whole new level of functionality with its multi-purpose features and covert furnace-like fervor.

Crafted with reinforcing fabrics on the shoulders and armpit gussets as well as strategically placed thermal body mapping, this jacket reduces bulk by utilizing thin baffles on the sleeves and sides while the larger baffles on the front and back ensure optimal core warmth. The rugged, 20D nylon is coated with a durable water repellent treatment to keep pesky precipitation at bay. A precision, 3-D pattern offers a contoured, personalized fit that layers sweetly underneath a shell and works splendidly as a standalone piece on warmer days.

  • DWR treatment
  • 800 fill-down
  • Reflective zipper garages
  • 3-D fit
  • Thermal body mapping
  • 20D high filament nylon
  • Reinforced shoulders
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

missing one key feature

  • Size Bought: large

I'm 6'0 / 187 lbs and I love this brand. I wear the RADIKL pant (not the lame slim version) is the best pair of pants I've ever owned.

This jacket fits perfect except for one feature - no draw string at the bottom. You can't really expect me to wear a jacket that when zipped bunches up and gives me a doughnut around the waist... go figure. Somebody in design was sleeping at the wheel.

Add the drawstring and this jacket is 5 stars.

Good design; flimsy construction

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size

I bought this jacket after owning several Kuhl items. I'm 5'10" and 180, and the medium fit perfectly. In fact, I really enjoyed this jacket for 2 cold days. After only 2 wearings, this jacket started leaking down from inner and outer seams, and threads started coming undone. I'd expect this kind of wear after a year, not two days. Really disappointed, I'd come to expect more from Kuhl. I returned this jacket.

Does not insulate

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: Large

In order for an insulated jacket to, well, insulate you from the cold, it needs to be able to be sealed at the neck.

I have been told by numerous reps from many of the top outdoor companies something I have stuck to, but didn't this time because this jacket looks so damn good. They said to never, ever, purchase a non hooded jacket if that same model also comes in a hooded form, especially if that jacket is made in China. The reason being is that more often than not, when the jackets are sewn up, the hooded and non hooded jackets are made side by side, and the ones that will receive a hood simply get one added. That means the collar will be oversized for the non hooded jackets, it's simply quicker and easier for the factory to do it this way. Unfortunately this jacket seems to have suffered the same fate.

The collar on this jacket can be pulled 3.5 inches from my neck without stretching it. I do not have a chicken neck, in fact, most collars are snug on me. I have a 16.5" neck roughly. The collar of this jacket, at the base, zipper to zipper laid flat is a whopping 23.5 inches. That's 8 inches larger than a standard size L neck.

Take a look at the pictures and videos of the models wearing it and you can plainly see how ridiculously large the collar is.

Another issue is the sizing. I tried on about 3 or 4 jackets in size L, the same in XL and the same in XXL. The body felt pretty much the same between them all, the difference being how much stretch the waist hem gave and how long the sleeves were. Perhaps my local REI simply got a bad batch of jackets that were made on a Friday afternoon and they used the same abdomens for different sized hems and sleeves..

Anyway, I did buy the "largest large" they had, but it wasn't until a while later that I said to myself, man, this thing is not warm at all, and then I realized how abnormally large the collar was.

This sucks, I really really really wanted to love this thing, it looks so damn good. If this was $50 like the house brand jacket, then fine, but it's nearly 5 times the price.

Since it's made in China I will give Kuhl the benefit of the doubt, perhaps this new jacket, on it's initial run was not made properly. Guys, on the next run, have the factory producing these rework the collar, a piece of insulating clothing needs to insulate, if there is enough room around the collar to drive a school bus through you can use all the down on earth and the jacket will still be cold. Feel free to send me a jacket from the new batch.

I knew I shoulda got the Kollusion or Interceptr instead.

PS More softshell material on the upper back and the outside of the upper arms would be great.
PPS More down, at nearly a pound, this thing provides about the same insulation as a 100wt fleece sweater, but then again it's probably just the loose and open collar.

Maybe you should use a scarf or buff for your neck instead of expecting jacket to fit perfectly.

KUHL SpyFire Jacket

One look at KÜHL's exclusive new Spyfire™ ultralight Down Jacket and you realize it is different by design, construction, and features than any down sweater that has come before it.

The shell fabric is sourced from a superior Japanese mill that uses a high 24 filament 20 denier ultra-fine nylon yarn (for a softer hand feel and higher tear strength). The yarn is then woven into an extremely dense weave that provides both excellent down-proof-ness and increases the already higher tear-strength. The 800 fill (certified non force fed / not “live plucked”) goose down is also body mapped: Different size baffles create superior warmth where you need it, while the smaller baffles reduce bulk for layering under a shell.

KUHL Spyfire Jacket

The Spyfire features 2 zippered chest pockets 2 zippered hand pockets and 1 zip pocket on your sleeve as well as an inside mesh pouch pocket giving you plenty of options for storing your essentials.

KÜHL has thought out every detail including the custom reflective ribbon that lies just under the zippers that serves 2 functions. First, it prevents the zippers from catching on the ultra-fine nylon fabric and second, when left open the reflective yarn on the ribbon creates added visibility.

Fabric 1: 100% Nylon DWR | 1.9 oz/sq. yd; 38 GSM

Fabric 2: 88% Nylon, 12% Spandex | 5.3 oz/sq. yd; 180 GSM

Fabric 3: 100% Nylon ripstop | 1.03 oz/sq. yd; 35 GSM

Fabric Insulation: 100% Goose Down 800-fill