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Will wrote a review of on January 15, 2010

5 5

This vest fits true-to-size and a Large fits me comfortably (6'1" 200lbs) with room for a hoody underneath.

Positives:
-Extremely durable: uses the same shell as many of the other Canada Goose jackets
-Stylish: while its highly subjective, I think the black looks fantastic especially since its quite rare to see relative to the Nuptse
-Warm!: Canada Goose prides itself on using high quality down and it shows
-Versatile: I can wear this over a fleece and then under a shell or by itself. I'm not hesitant to wear this by itself because of how durable it is.
-Fit: Not overly bulky

Negatives:
-Not packable: Because of the durable outer shell, it doesnt fold into itself like many other down vests
-Price: Noticeable price premium over other down vests

Buy this vest:
-If you like wearing a vest by itself without worry about snagging or ripping
-If you like wearing a vest under a shell
-Don't want to own a Nuptse vest (like everyone else)

Look elsewhere:
-If price is a major factor
-If you need a more technical vest that can be packed and thrown into a backpack

Coming from the Nuptse vest, I was pleasently surprised at how durable the Freestyle is. I'm definitely not worried about snagging or ripping the jacket to have down fly everywhere. Canada Gooes has recently become somewhat of a fashion statement but make no mistake, this is an extremely solid vest and while its not the most technical vest, is extremely versatile.

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Will

Will wrote a review of on January 15, 2010

3 5

Ordered this vest and was very happy with how comfortable it is. For me, it fits true to size (6'1" 200lbs) and Large fits me comfortably with room for a hoody underneath.

Positives:
-Extremely warm, high quality down
-Can be worn under a shell (recommended) or over a hoody
-Lightweight (due to its thin outter fabric) and packable (great to toss into a backpack)

Negatives:
-Wish it was a little less bulky (its a snug fit underneath my Large Arc'Teryx Theta shell). Extremely broad shoulders.
-Outer fabric is NOT durable at all (definitely not snag/rip proof).

Buy this vest:
-If you're looking for a versatile down vest that's extremely warm and comfortable and are planning to wear this vest mostly under a shell and prefer lightweight over durabilty

Look elsewhere:
-If you're looking for a vest that can be worn by itself daily and is extremely durable

While I love the Nuptse vest, I ended up picking a Canada Goose Freestyle vest. While its not packable, its much better as a standalone vest (much more durable outter fabric) or under a shell (much less bulky). Its high quality down which might be even warmer than the Nuptse.

Hope this helps!

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