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I'm looking to buy a very good quality...

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I'm looking to buy a very good quality Down jacket that will stand up to wet/icy weather here in OKC,OK I'm trying to decide between a MH Sub Zero or a more costly brand (Western Mountaineering jacket, Flight Series with a true 850 plus down fill, Canadian made) Can anyone give me the heads up on which to buy.

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Mike. I can't tell you which jacket to buy but I can tell you that the only difference between the down is the higher the number the lighter it is and higher the loft for a given volume. Another way to think of it... the higher the number the 'closer to the goose.' Down is warm whether it is 500 fill or the extremely elusive 850+ fill. I have jackets with both and they are both warm. If you are looking for a jacket to stand up to wet/icy weather... I would consider something with a waterproof/breathable laminate. Check out the Mountain Hardwear Sub Zero SL Hooded jacket for an example. It is made with waterproof and breathable laminate called 'Conduit' that keeps the majority of the weather off when it is wet and icy out. Hope this info helps!