At just over 2 pounds 4 ounces, the Valandré La Fayette offers good loft for the weight. The water resistant Pertex Microlight shell is very breathable while offering resistance from condensation. The short center zip offers limited ventilation but is excellent for side sleepers because it keeps the zipper at ground level. While the collar/hood combination is one of the most efficient I've seen, the zipper, Velcro, cords, and cordlocks converge right at your mouth which is uncomfortable.

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  • Specifications: Year/Model, Style, Fill, Loft, Manufacturer, Weight, Sizes, Fabrics, Features, MSRP
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