A puffy that isn't scared of a little water.
The wet weather of coastal mountain ranges has long been the nemesis of down puffy jackets, but the Mountain Hardwear Kelvinator Jacket finally defeats the dampness with Q.Shield water-resistant down, which maintains its loft even in high humidity or soggy conditions. That means the 650-fill down will stay warm even it if gets a little wet, and you'll be correspondingly comfortable and happy when you're holed up in the tent or pushing for the summit. The Kelvinator's also decked out with elastic cuffs and a dual-drawcord hem to seal heat in a drafts out, and it has stitched-through baffles that let you compress it way down for easy packing when you're on the way to your next adventure.
- 20D nylon ripstop fabric
- 650-fill Q.Shield water-resistant down
- Stitch-through baffles
- Elastic cuffs
- Dual hem drawcords
- Item #MHW008O
- Q & A
Great down jacket
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
I recently purchased this down jacket as a warm layer for backpacking, as well as for casual use around town. I have yet to take it out in the woods with me, but all indications suggest that it'll be beyond sufficient.
The main reason I decided to purchase a Mountain Hardware down jacket is because of their "Q Shield" technology, which is a treatment that allows for considerable moisture exposure (compared to other down products), without sacrificing much performance. I've worn my Kelvinator several times in drizzle/misty conditions, and the moisture beads up nicely on the surface of the jacket without actually penetrating its surface. According to Mountain Hardware, the down fibers have also been treated. So even if moisture does penetrate the jacket, it should retain a significant portion of its heat retention properties. I have yet to expose the jacket to steady precipitation, and I'll continue to avoid it since down material just isn't made for this, but all indications suggest that their "Q Shield" technology does make for a superior product.
For what it's worth, I'm 6'2" and weigh 170lbs and a large fits me almost perfectly (sleeve length is barely less than ideal).
I would like know that made in where?
Made in USA