A waterproof breathable shell with a 700-fill down bonus.
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Really warm but leaks feathers all over the place!
I really love the jacket and it's super warm but it really leaks feathers from the stitches in the quilted liner. I've had the jacked for almost a year. I was hoping that it would break in and stop leaking, but it doesn't look like this will be the case.
I'm thinking about sending the jacket back for repair.
Another solid shell from Cloudveil
- very warm and technical shell, specially with the quilted 700-fill insulation
- I'm 5'11 185 and could layer a long sleeve and light fleece underneath, which kept me extremely warm the other day in the Gore Range of Colorado on an overcast, 25 degree day. The Koven Plus outer shell and 700-fill insulation is a perfect combo, extremely water proof, durable and warm.
- Solid Weight : Warmth ratio. I've seen and experienced better, but this is still solid.
- Like mentioned before, both shades of blue, as seen in the bc.com pic are darker. While that isn't really a concern of mine and doesn't affect the performance of the jacket, its just a FYI. Cloudveil is notorious for their colors on the websites being significantly different than in person. I've never really understood why thats the case more often than not?
- a little tight around the underarms, nothing major though
- Not all that great for climbing or ski touring. Its not packable by any stretch of the imagination and you'd heat up way too fast when heading uphill. This is a true ski jacket (for the resorts) and you'd appreciate it a lot more on a windblown, cold as s**t lift than the backcountry. This is kind of a no brainer.
- While not as technical and well made, I honestly thought the North Face Plasma Thermal jacket was a better fit (for me) and warmer (primaloft). I'm a fan of down for certain occassions (sleeping bag, belay jacket), but synthetic for skiing. Just my opinion.
I'm looking for a new Jacket for skiing...
I'm looking for a new Jacket for skiing but I also want to be able to wear it around home during the winter. I live in Minnesota and regularly have -30 days. Will this jacket hold up in that or should I be looking for something else
The 700 fill insulation on this will definitely help on those REALLY cold days. As far as getting the all in one option this is probably your best bet, or something along the same lines. The only other real suggestion I can give you is to get a shell (Gore-Tex or something along those lines) and an 800 Fill down jacket. But for the price this is your best option.
I'm looking at the Cloudveil Koven Plus,...
I'm looking at the Cloudveil Koven Plus, the Marmot Mountain Down and the Mountain Hardware Sub Zero jackets. Is the Cloudveil as warm as the other two? Does anyone know what the fill weight is for each o f the jackets?
I'm going to guess that the marmot and mtn hardwear jackets will be warmer but I personally could never ski in them - they are simply too warm for me. The Koven Plus down jacket is probably less warm but has the advantage of being completely waterproof - it is a hardshell with down insulation. I was really impressed with the koven plus down and I would think that it would be plenty warm for most environments as long as you are physically active. Sorry, but I don't know the fill weights of these. Note that the construction of the koven plus down is quite different than the others since it is quilted and not baffled.
It's going to be great for somebody
I'm in the market for an insulated ski jacket, and thought on paper and in pictures that the Koven Plus Down Jacket looked very promising. However, as soon as I put it on once, it became very obvious that this jacket would only be appropriate for the 1-2 coldest days that I might see each season in the mid-Atlantic region. I would guess that this jacket would be great in single digit temperatures and colder - its not a knock against the jacket, just an observation. The construction of the jacket looked impressive - no doubt this is a high-quality piece of gear.
Reasons for not giving the jacket 5 stars:
1) The jacket lifts up a lot when you raise your arms; I noticed it immediately when I was trying to adjust the hood. It's just a peeve of mine since other Cloudveil jackets are designed with no-lift underarms.
2) The color of the Reservoir seemed significantly darker than the picture on the website and the contrast between the two shades of blue doesn't appear very noticeable. While not the highest priority for me, I don't think the jacket looked as nice in person as it does on the website.
I've sent this back, and I'm going to look at jackets with synthetic insulation next. If you are skiing in bitter cold conditions regularly this jacket could very well be for you.
As a general note on sizing, I got a medium. Per the Cloudveil size chart I am a medium (barely). This jacket fit very well, although the only think I would have had room for underneath was a base layer. Granted that this would be fine, given the warmth of the coat. The arms did feel a little bulky to me, but would probably be an acceptable compromise if I needed the level of warmth provided by this jacket.
is the hood on this jacket helmet...
is the hood on this jacket helmet compatible?
The helmet on this jacket is definitely not helmet compatible. The hood is completely insulated though.
I disagree, a helmet will fit in the hood, maybe not the biggest hood I have seen in a helmt compatable but I am sick of how big hoods are getting these days..so the smaller hood is good!
I want to know this weight?
I want to know this weight?
Cloudveil.com says 32 oz. My husband got this recently and is really excited about it. Not quite cold enough to give you field testing info yet.
I have the large and it weighs about 2.5 lbs. Unfortunately, I think it is to heavy and bulky for ski touring. The Micro Puff is the only way to go when it comes to stuffing warmth in your pack. I wish Patty would make a ski touring specific Micro Puff.
Man, this jacket is EXACTLY what i need. I get really cold on powder days but dont want to ski in a puffy down jacket. This is a hardshell jacket, like their awesome Koven Jacket, BUT it has a quilted down interior that is really soft and warm. The best part is the lack of bulk. you cant even really tell its a down jacket until you open it up and put in on. i was looking at the Patagonia Primo Down last year, but this Koven Plus down is $100 less expensive. bring on the zero degree powder day, i am ready this year.