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Standing on top of the best of both worlds.

Down or synthetic: Most puffy mountaineering jackets tend to fall into one of these two categories. But Peak Performance’s built its BL Down Jacket with an innovative blend of natural and synthetic fibers to give you the best of both worlds. By combining these two insulating materials, Peak Performance has created a super-warm jacket that’s not only very light, but thanks to its water-resistant WindStopper shell fabric, it's also highly resilient in the face of extreme mountain conditions.

  • Water-resistant WindStopper fabric provides protection from both wet weather and extreme mountain winds
  • Innovative blend of natural and synthetic insulation blends the high warmth-to-weight ratio of down with with synthetic's ability to retain warmth when wet
  • Boxed construction places insulation in strategic locations to help eliminate cold spots
  • Articulated sleeves provide additional interior room to further improve freedom of movement
  • Additional length improves coverage when skiing, climbing, and mountaineering.
  • Fixed hood with cinch-cord adjustment provides additional storm protection and is large enough to fit over skiing and climbing helmets
  • Backcountry.com is the exclusive US retailer for Peak Performance products

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5 5

Excellent jacket

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This jacket is warm, light and very cheap. My stars are based on the price of less than 300USD, and I paid 350USD for mine. I consider buying it in Norway, where it was about 1100USD, but found that a bit pricy. For 300USD it is a real steal.
I bought the XXL, which fit me fine. The lenght is pretty good, but it could have been an inch longer in the back. I have not tried it in rain or wet snow, as I have other jackets for that, but in dry and cold weather it does the job very well. The hood and collar is snug, and does not let any warmth out. I have it in black with orange, and I do not find the orange very good looking. Overall, my second favorite down jacket ever, after the Peak Performance Air Down, which is extremly versatile.
Run and buy it at this price!!

1 5

Too pricey for a medium grade jacket.

With this particular jacket it seems as though Peak Performance is trying to hit that moving target of the premium quality seen in Patagonia or Mountain Hardwear, but with the aesthetic quality of Moncler or Aether. Regretfully with this particular design you get a compromise on both.

I was excited to see the blend of synthetic and natural down insulation, as this does add improved resistance if the insulation happens to get wet. It also explains the slightly heavy weight for this jacket, as synthetic insulation does tend to weigh a bit more. The shorter length is also decent, as it does allow for easier layering under a hardshell while wearing a bib style pant.

So why one stars? It all comes down the price point. At $3-400 this jacket would easily garner five stars. However at this price point I expect a fully watertight jacket, with seam taping, highly breathable materials, and full down insulation to increase warmth while reducing weight. If the jacket were waterproof it would not need to have a blend of synthetic down mixed in. You can easily find a down insulated jacket (800 fill rating or higher) in the closer to 1 - 1.5 lb mark, and fully waterproof, from Peak Performances competitors.

TL;DR $3-400 features in an $700 jacket.

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So at 280USD, as it is now, you would give it 5 stars?

If i bought this jacket in a small ( im...

If i bought this jacket in a small ( im 5' 7", 145 pounds) and wanted to buy the burton 2lcyclic jacket to wear as a shell, what size should i get? would a small fit over the down jacket or would it be to tight??

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Devon,
Thanks for your question, while your approach may work, I would let you know that this is not a layering jacket. The Peak Performance BL Down Jacket is a stand alone, expedition worthy jacket. Backcountry.com has several other down jacket options that would layer much better under a shell than this would. Take the Patagonia Ultra Light Down Series for instance. I hope this is helpful for you.