Although certainly a very dependable jacket, the Plasma seems to be more of a technology statement rather than a high-value jacket.
By Will Rietveld
As the name suggests, the Plasma Jacket features 1000 fill-power down, which raises the bar for a premium down insulated jacket. But that's not all; this Spartan jacket also features MontBell's 7 denier (25 g/m2) shell fabric, for a garment weight of 4.8 oz (136 g). For comparison, a midweight wool baselayer weighs about 8 oz (227 g).
Furthermore, the Plasma 1000 a good value at US $269 compared to other ultralight high-end down sweaters. So, what's not to like? It seems to tower above everything else. Well, it's a bit of a conundrum, as explained below.
So, What's the Conundrum?
Conclusions and Recommendations
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Will Rietveld Ph.D, Senior Editor for Gear and Apparel, joined the BPL staff in April 2004. In his former career, Will was a research scientist, project manager, and R&D program administrator. Now retired, he lives in southern Colorado where he takes up a new career of backpacking year-round in the mountains and canyon country of the Southwest. During the summer months Will and his wife Janet are volunteer wilderness rangers in the Weminuche Wilderness. He has been a lightweight backpacker for 52 years and an ultralight backpacker for 13 years.
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