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Best Synth Puffy Ever
I must say the last review was pretty accurate. I got the black color in a small and it fits perfectly, I am 5'11", 30" waiste, 37" chest. I really love all the features on this synthetic, in fact I returned the arcteryx atom sv for this jacket. In addition to being $150 cheaper, this jacket is just as warm, fits better, has more convenient pockets, and the hood is just as nice. As said by the previous reviewer, this jacket is super warm and the insulation is very strong and lofty. This is my go to jacket for most of the year, it is super wind resistant and warm without being large or puffy. There is a large net stash pocket on the inside, two hand warmer pockets that are terry lined, and an inner and outer chest pocket. This jacket can store everything you need! The fit is better than all other synth jackets that i have tried. Get this!
Best synth puffy ever.
I absolutely love this puffy. It is crazy warm for a synthetic, and the fit is right on. I am a muscular Med, and it will just slide over a softshell on mountain tops, or under a hard shell for really cold, wet conditions. It is fairly slim in the cut, but still gives range of motion, even with layers underneath. I am a muscular 5'9 160 lbs with a 41'' chest and 33'' waist. Got the fatigue green color, and it is an awsome dark pine green. Hood is perfect shape, but isn't really big enough to go over a climbing helmet comfortably. Only real complaint is compressability. It definitely doesn't pack very small comared to a light primaloft, or 650-850 down, but it feels way more solid. The insulation stayw whereit's supposed to, and doesn't have any spots where it feels thin like a down does sometimes. Will out-perform a primaloft any day of the week.
Would this jacket be sufficient for...
Would this jacket be sufficient for temperatures that normally drop to about 20 degrees F?
And, would this jacket be warm enough for skiing in Alberta, Canada in April? I could layer it with a fleece jacket.
Alot depends on the individual. One person's hot is cold to another. But yes, this jacket is absolutely perfect for temps around 20 degrees. While you probably couldn't spend a night out and rely on only this jacket to keep you warm - it will be more than adequate to throw on during rest stops while hiking/snowshoeing, or even to pull on 'over everything' above treeline. I think you'll find it very warm, very wind resistant and durable. Should also be stylish should you need to wear it in a casual environment!
I am planning a trip on the Superior Hiking...
I am planning a trip on the Superior Hiking Trail in January (temps could get down to -30F). Would this jacket be warm enough with a base layer, a lightweight fleece pullover and a fleece jacket underneath?
With the layers you describe the Cauldron Hoody would work fine in temps down to around 10 F, but if it's really going to be -30F I'd look elsewhere. Check out the Marmot Greenland Baffled Jacket, for example.