Aug 10, 2013 at 10:51 pm #1306410
@sgiachettiLocale: Boulder, CO
For a while the rab xenon was about the lightest synthetic puffy with a hood. Good to see a couple other options emerging in that same weight range:
Mountain Hardwear Thermostatic Hoody
The Nuclei looks especially good with 80gm in the core and without all those sewn through panelsAug 10, 2013 at 11:09 pm #2014309
I have the thermostatic. Light, compressible, warm, but the hood is huge, non-adjustable, and basically useless. The arms are also too short. I'm past the time frame to return it, so I'll probably trade it in at the local gear shop.Aug 11, 2013 at 4:49 am #2014327
Golite Wenatchee, no hood.Aug 11, 2013 at 8:39 am #2014351
Those look like good jackets. It's too bad that BPL/Oware stopped making their puffy hoody (http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/cocoon_ul_60_hoody.html#.Ugeu4aycx8E). I've got one and really like it, but I have to baby it knowing that there really isn't a replacement at that weight (although those other ones are close).Aug 11, 2013 at 9:42 am #2014364
I've been using the Nuclei for a couple weeks now, and am pretty impressed by it thus far. The hood is a nice fit with no helmet, materials are very soft and reminiscent of how my last comfy down puffy felt (which is important as I use my jackets as a sleep layer often) and the arms are nice and long. This was my first Arcteryx purchase and am thoroughly impressed by the fit. I'm a slender/tall/athletic build and almost every garment I try is baggy in some spot or another. This jacket feels tailored to my physique. I will add though that if you have much extra weight, you might need to size up or consider a different jacket. I haven't had a chance to test it out in very low temps yet, but in the morning when it's still lower 50s I'm sweating in it, so I have no doubts with my merino long sleeve and this jacket that I'll be comfortable in all 3 season temps. My large came in at 11oz.
The price seemed reasonable on this jacket too, considering what the brand historically gets away with charging.Aug 11, 2013 at 11:07 am #2014387
@danepackerLocale: Mojave Desert
I read a report (Backpacker magazine) that said Dri Down sleeping bags dried FASTER when soaked than did synthetic bags.
So if the new down treatment is that good is it worth it getting synthetic fill clothing? Just askin'Aug 11, 2013 at 12:21 pm #2014404
Could you post a link to that report.Aug 11, 2013 at 1:26 pm #2014421
Not exactly similar, but my "All-Weather-Because-I'm-Too-Poor-to-Own-Two-Jackets" insulated jacket is an Arcteryx Atom SV I found on sale a long time ago.
It's heavier (and likely warmer) than this new one by 6oz, but if the cut is similar, I can say it's top-notch. It fits me perfect and I use it for sleeping on a regular basis.Aug 11, 2013 at 1:39 pm #2014422
The Sv does rock Max:-)Aug 11, 2013 at 6:02 pm #2014488
@danepackerLocale: Mojave Desert
Sorry, I'm only semi-computer literate and don't know how to post a link. Love it when someone does.
Just look at Backpacker Magazine online this week and it should be there. It's an article on DWR treated down sleeping bags.Aug 11, 2013 at 6:05 pm #2014489
I will deploy my Google-Fu.Mar 18, 2014 at 6:29 pm #2083997
I got a Nuceli a few weeks ago and I am very impressed.
Size Xl comes in at 310g and at that weight it packs a massive warmth punch.Mar 20, 2014 at 10:31 am #2084596
@lindahlbLocale: Colorado Rockies
I've been using the Thermostatic for a year now. I don't think the hood is huge at all. Seems to work just fine for me. I've definitely been in some seriously windy conditions, too (13,000' ridgelines in winter). My L actually comes in right at 10.6oz.
I'm a big fan of down, normally, but this is my ski touring insulation and needs to deal with wet snow. I carry a Blizzard Bag for emergencies, so the light insulation works for me. I don't really stop and hang around much.
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