Not as described
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: large
On paper it sounds like a perfect belay\expedition jacket but falls a bit short.
Yes the materials and features are spot on what a big puffy should have, yet overall they could have spent some more time with user feedback before going into production.
Pros: Baffled, drop pockets, hood thats mega adjustable, stuff pocket, 2 way zipper pull. Expedition fit.
Where I feel like this jacket drops the ball: The inside stuff pockets are on the bottom of the hem, which is very low so anything inside them is resting on your thigh not your waist like a normal trim jacket. if you have anything in the hand pocket and stuff pocket just walking is difficult. I put climbing skins in one side and gloves in the other and could hardly ski down a slope to the point I stopped and moved those items into my pack. If those pockets were higher against the belly there would be no issue.
The fill, compared to other jackets in the same category this jacket is cold. as it stands, this jacket is as warm is the OR Incandescent (not in the wind) Arc'teryx Cerium SV or Thorium AR, Feathered Friends Helios. All of those jackets are sewn through.
I actually thought there was something wrong with the one I got because of how little down was in it.
Aside from that, this jacket would be ok for moderately cold temps around town, winter camping or as a ski tour layer. Yet I would not take it mountaineering