Jan 18, 2008 at 10:58 pm #1226810
What is the most compressible down layer (jacket or vest) that you are aware of?
I am a beginning snowshoer, hiking in New England-type conditions. I was thinking that I could throw on this layer to keep warm during extended rest stops.
Most down jackets that I am aware of compress down to the size of a pillow (or larger). Is there something that would compress to a smaller size (and weight)? Would a down vest be recommended over the jacket?
Thanks.Jan 19, 2008 at 3:38 am #1416741
check out montbell.com
their down clothing is very light and compressibleJan 19, 2008 at 6:24 am #1416752
Most down jackets I am familiar with easily compress to a size significantly smaller than a pillow–grapefruit size is more like it for some. The WM Flight or Nunatak Skaha STUFF down to the size of two grapefruits, for example. Put them in a compression sack and a 6" x6" x 7" ball is what you get. A comparable down vest would generally stuff down to a smaller size. For instance, a TNF Nuptse vest I have stuffs into its own pocket, which is about 9" x 5" x 6". I'd think that any down jacket made of UL materials and using high f.p. down would have a small compressed size.
I think you'd better be more specific, though. The down jackets I am referring to above are summer-three season appropriate, and while they'd certainly help on a snowshoeing day hike, they are not winter jackets and will not cut it in sub zero conditions. Maybe take a look at the Feathered Friends Volant jacket or Frontpoint jacket. I have a Frontpoint in Flite nylon and although its stuffed size is about 16" x 8" x 8", it compresses to about half that size.Jan 19, 2008 at 2:13 pm #1416797
"I was thinking that I could throw on this layer to keep warm during extended rest stops"
If you truly want some people to recomend some jackets, I think it would be best to give some temperature ranges and anticipated weather.
The "most compressible down jacket" will be the one with the least/lightest material and least down. I have 3 down jackets and while my montbell half sleeve weighs about 7 oz and compresses to the size of an apple, it is far from being acceptable for a Canadian winter. My TNF Prism tips the scale at 26 oz, but can be worn at any temp my winter throws at me.Jan 19, 2008 at 3:16 pm #1416802
I was thinking of something to wear when the temp is at freezing (0 deg C) and below (-10/15 deg C).
Thanks for the prompt.
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