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Instead of switching into survival mode, you'll say 'it's only water.'

The Mountain Hardwear Kelvinator Jacket, with its burly baffles full of water-resistant 650-fill down insulation, keeps you warm and comfortable from your hips to the top of your head in the nastiest weather that Old Man Winter can dish up. Marmot's Q.Shield insulation maintains its loft and its insulating properties even when it's wet, so, unlike your buddy wearing regular down, you don't have to sweat those dark gray clouds too much.

The Kelvinator jacket's face fabric is tough 20D nylon ripstop fabric. This wind-resistant fabric is soft and smooth to make layering easy. Mountain Hardwear then insulated the jacket with its Q.Shield 650-fill water-resistant down. The down fibers are permanently infused with a water-repellant, so they maintain their loft and insulating properties when wet. The Kelvinator's slightly longer cut offers a bit more protection from the elements and helps keep snow from climbing up your torso on deep powder days. An insulated, adjustable hood locks in heat where it's most likely to escape. The Kelvinator's dual hem drawcords and comfortable, elasticized cuffs seal out drafts to keep you warm in high winds, and the jacket stuffs into its own pocket for the minimum possible pack size when not in use.

  • Wind-resistant 20D nylon ripstop face fabric
  • 650-fill water-resistant Q.Shield down
  • Regular fit, hip-length
  • Insulated, fixed hood
  • Packs into its own stow pocket
  • 2 hand pockets

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5 5

And its water resistant too?!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

So far its been a great jacket. Warm, good fit and durable so far. The only thing I'll note is its slightly noisier when I move than my old puffy but maybe thats the thicker nylon or the water resistant down- not sure. Either way, its not very noticeable

5 5

Light and warm

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

Its a simple jacket at a great price. Plenty of warmth for most winter outings and even kept me warm on the way into work this morning on the moto -70mph and 30 degrees :)

4 5

Well balanced coat

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

This coat has a nice balance between weight and warmth. I've used it several times through the Pittsburgh winter, and it's been warm enough without a ton of layers. While not as warm as a similar Outdoor Research model, the adjustable cuffs and body are great upgrades. Compressing into its own pocket is a really nice feature as well. I like the insulated hood as well!

I just bought one of these, it's very nice,...

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I just bought one of these, it's very nice, warm and light. However, how does it pack into its own pocket? Where is the pocket that it will pack into?

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Actually, never mind. I just figured it out. It stuffs into the inside pocket. It's a very cool feature, and will be great to take this way backpacking. I highly recommend this jacket!

Actually, never mind.  I just figured it out.  It stuffs into the inside pocket.  It's a very cool feature, and will be great to take this way backpacking.  I highly recommend this jacket!
5 5

Mountain Hardware wins again!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

Warm, cozy, great color, (Collegiate Navy) quality product. Purchased as a birthday gift, and he loves it. Well-made, warm. Worn in all kinds of cold, snowy conditions so far this winter. Can't ask for more. Exactly as we wanted. Very pleased with purchase and would recommend to others. Another great shopping and speedy delivery experience with Backcountry - thanks!

I am planning a trip to Mt. Whitney in the...

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I am planning a trip to Mt. Whitney in the end of December. With several layers do you think this will cut it, planning for worst case minus 20 degree temperatures?


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The answer, "it depends" comes to mind. The Mountain Hardwear Kelvinator is a great down insulating puffy jacket with a reasonable price-tag. Though it isn't the puffiest of layers, it does have a high-quality down that offers significant warmth for weight value and combined with a fixed insulated hood it is well suited for winter adventures. Depending on what layers you plan on bringing in addition to this puffy, how your body temperature regulates itself, and what the weather conditions give you, the Kelvinator should be a great option for a winter Whitney adventure. I'd still recommend bringing a good, warm, and versatile layering system to increase the performance and efficiency of your body and the Kelvinator's ability to keep you warm!

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I agree with Micah for the most part, but I do own the kelvinator so I figured I would weigh in. It is really a nice warm puffy especially for the price, but if your doing a winter trip up Whitney it might be worth spending a bit more to make sure you arent battling the cold. Take a look at the marmot greenland baffled jacket. its got 800-fill down and weighs a full 13oz more and you better believe that is going straight towards keeping you warm. Just my two cents.

4 5

Great down jacket for the price

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

Down jackets can be down right expensive. The Kelvinator is a great choice if you are shopping for a down jacket with all of the essential features, but need to spend your money wisely. Lets go over what makes this jacket a bargain for those on a budget.

The down fill rating for this jacket is 650. Down fill, which is the measurment of how much 1 oz of down will compress tells us two things. 1.)how well the jacket will compress. 2.)how well the down used will trap in warm air.
Down fill rating in today's down jacket market ranges from 500 at the lower end, to 850 in the upper echelon. The higher the down fill, the warmer it will keep you and the better it will compress, but remember it is still only 1 oz of down. this is where Mountain Hardware is saving a good portion of their production cost, they have chosen to use a middle class down, but to pack the baffles to the brim. I have found this jacket to be exceptionally warm even in sub 30 degree weather.
Mountain Hardware is treating this down to be water resistant, this is a bit of new technology that a lot of companies are embracing. In the past if you got your down wet you were pretty much out of luck, the water resistant down has proven to be a real lifesaver when snow turns to sleet.
The jacket also is cut a bit longer which as a taller guy I found to be a real benefit.

Bottom Line: Its warm, its water resistant, and you won't break the bank buying it.

Want a cheaper down jacket? 800 fill-not water resistant.
How about an upgrade? 800 fill-water resistant down.

Here is a short video on how down-fill is measured. Thanks for reading!

So is this jacket 650 or 800 fill?...

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So is this jacket 650 or 800 fill?

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It is 650 fill, I am in the process of having our copy updated.

4 5

Good jacket so far

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

I'm a little hesitant to give this thing a five star rating as I haven't owned it for that long. But it seems to be a great jacket thus far. I love the zipper pockets and the hood fits perfectly when you're wearing but doesn't get in the way when you have it down. It's definitely warm, as I was literally sweating the other night when it was 35 degrees outside and all I had on was this and a T-shirt! If you're looking for a good jacket with not a huge price tag then you should definitely put this on your top 5 list for sure.