Fitztravelswrote a question about The North Face Quince Hooded Down Jacket - Men's on December 3, 2014
Amount of down?
Amount of down?
This jacket is good for people who sweat in primaloft jackets or other jackets. I have found this jacket to be very breathable. With an R1, I have taken the jacket down to 15 comfortably while on the move.
Just be aware, that in cold conditions, 15F and lower, if you stop in this jacket, you will get cold. Quickly.
The reason I love this jacket so much is that I seem to sweat in other jackets, especially in the arms, while I am on the move and in this jacket, in most cases, I do not.
The fabric is very durable. I have bushwhacked, taken shortcuts in wooded areas down mountain sides, used it at work and dont have any rips in it. I have had mine for a year now and have used it probably from October to June pretty substantially.
I am actually thinking about using the one I have now for work and buying a new one for hiking.
It seems to me that the sizing seems pretty athletic. A small is perfect for me, enough room for an R1 to go under by not baggy by itself. I am 5' 7", 145 lbs.
I think with an R2, the Thermawrap could hand lower temperatures better while on the move lower then 15. Last winter when it was really cold and it didnt get above 10 degrees for a couple weeks, I was pushing the limits with this jacket and was quite cold when not moving.
Footbox venting is really good. Had very little condensation on my bag at the feet when i usually have more in other bivies and even tents
Had plenty of room with a 2" pad to move around.
Technically it only really needs 2 stakes. one at the front and one at the bottom. I usualy attached a line to the head poles and ran it past the front stake to pull the bivy more tight, which made the side walls less droopy. The poles basically provide enough structure to not need stakes in most circumstances on each side.
This can withstand rain for about an hour. Then then next hour it will get slightly worrisome. In the next hour, you will realize you are in a "situation" especially if you have a down bag. One person talked about seam sealing theirs and testing it in their yard, but the problem is that this experiment does not take into effect a live body sleeping inside, breathing and perspiring. My experience is that in a long rain, sure, it was leaking at the seams, but the fabric wet out too. Also, it is nearly impossible in my opinion to not have some part of your sleeping bag touching the side walls, especially if you are side sleeper, in which case your knees and sometimes butt will be touching most of the time (and Im a small guy). This will increase the leaking issue a lot and unless you can lay perfectly still on your back in the same position, your gonna touch the walls at some point.
This bivy also has been weighed by others on reviews (not on this site) and it seems to weigh 4 oz more then advertised. This makes this a pretty heavy non waterproof bivy.
has room at the head for a 38 liter pack and under. perhaps larger but dont know.
It looks like, from the photo's, that at the bottom where you can put your sleeping pad, that those straps are very short. Has anyone who owns this had problems with big pads being able to fit?
Also i can't tell from the photo, but on the front compartment, does the zipper go all the way down on one side, or is it just a short zipper accesss from the top? Also, it doesnt look like there is a very big pocket on the lid. How big is it? Does anyone have any clue or guess at how many L the main compartment can hold - not inlcuding all the pockets?