Down jackets

Re: Down jackets

Postby Aushiker » Wed Nov 20, 2013 11:55 pm

il padrone wrote:Hmm........ :?: :o


Thermoball. Is it for real??


GearJunkie = blogvertorial ... interesting a search on Thermoball brings up a fair few "blog reviews" but no real world experiences with the product that I could find. Primaloft's website is not responding so cannot find much more information on the material beside this post at BPL from 2011

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Re: Down jackets

Postby Aushiker » Thu Nov 21, 2013 2:25 pm

This thread is getting dangerous for my wallet ... :)

Down jackets from 159 grams at Mont Bell ...

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The UL Down Jacket at 215 grams or the 9 oz UL Down Parka look interesting to me.

For those preferring soft-shells check out their range at http://www.montbell.us/products/list.ph ... 5&gen_cd=1 . The weights start at a low 139 grams. Again for me the Light Shell Jacket at 222 grams looks interesting.

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Re: Down jackets

Postby rifraf » Tue Dec 03, 2013 11:25 pm

rifraf wrote:
snafuspyramid wrote:Hi Il Padrone,

It's camp clothing I am concerned with, my actual cycling kit is plenty warm


Snafu,
if I had to make a down Macpac purchase decision now as opposed to last boxing day, I'd be looking closer at the Stellar due to it being 800 loft as opposed to the Sundowners 650.
Also the very down itself appears to have been treated with DWR with Macpac suggesting "it highly water repellent".
It also appears to be a much lighter jacket for similar money currently (than the Sondowner XP).


Well I was talking to someone today who has both the Stellar and the Sundowner XP and its the XP thats reached for when it cold.
He liked the cut of the Stellar and its lightness but says the XP, although it has a weight penalty, is a "much" warmer jacket.
Hmmmmm, I had been thinking about passing my Sundowner on to a family member and getting the Stellar, but hearing that has convinced me to stick with what I've already got.

Not sure I mentioned it earlier but my Marmot Gravity arrived via a forwarding agent (in the US due to no NZ/Aus stock) and I'm both impressed with it and very happy with my purchase. :)
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Re: Down jackets

Postby Aushiker » Tue Dec 10, 2013 12:57 am

Another option - Kiwi merino wool via Spain; the As Tucas Cabietos Hoody ....

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Pretty minimalist in design but does have a bit of a tail ... about $142 delivered downunder.

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Re: Down jackets

Postby rifraf » Wed Dec 11, 2013 4:41 pm

Macpac has a special on currently on the Sundowner XP and its $179.95

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Re: Down jackets

Postby rifraf » Fri Feb 28, 2014 3:28 pm

Aushiker wrote:Another option - Kiwi merino wool via Spain; the As Tucas Cabietos Hoody ....

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Pretty minimalist in design but does have a bit of a tail ... about $142 delivered downunder.

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I found the Spanish connection interesting as I was trying to learn a little about merino and so did a google search as you tend to....
The breed (Merino) was originally from central Spain (Castille) (and Turkey).
Before the 18th century, the export of Merinos from Spain was a crime punishable by death.
The Napoleonic wars (1793–1813) almost destroyed the Spanish Merino industry.
From 1810 onwards, the Merino scene shifted to Germany, the United States and Australia.

Macpac currently has some decent reductions and specials.
http://www.macpac.com.au/clearance

I've just ordered a couple of base layer merino 150 cycling T-shirts in black for $32 each

http://www.macpac.com.au/clearance/mens ... e-men.html

as well as a thicker long sleeve zipped top merino 280 in blue for $59.96

http://www.macpac.com.au/clearance/mens ... zip-m.html

This is my first investment in merino and I look forward to trialing it as an experimental light weight clothing combo on my next tour. :)
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