Light on weight, not on warmth.
Sierra Designs set out to create the warmest lightweight jacket on the market, and the Women's Elite DriDown Hooded Jacket is the result of those efforts. Lightweight and packable DriDown insulation keeps you toasty while maintaining a slim silhouette and keeping weight to a minimum.
DriDown is also hydrophobic so it keeps insulating even if the jacket starts to soak through. The light, yet tough ripstop fabric features a DWR coating so it shrugs off light rain and snow. Extra length adds coverage for greater protection from the cold, and the hood is over-stuffed with DriDown to prevent heat loss through your head and shield you from icy gusts. You can also cinch the hood tightly and use the thumbhole cuffs to seal out drafts and create sleeping bag-like coziness.
- Ripstop fabric
- DWR coating
- 850-fill duck DriDown insulation
- Regular fit
- Single hand-adjustable hood
- Item #SDS004Y
- Q & A
Warm and Comfy... Material not durable
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
I purchased the Elite Dridown Hoody size medium in black. I decided to go with this brand over other brands I have had in the past; based on reviews and my boyfriend owning over 6 of their products that he loves. This jacket was cheaper as well. I am 5'7 120 lbs and the medium was comfy, I loved the thumbholes and it fit wonderful with a base layer underneath.
Since Maine has had a mild winter I have not worn the jacket much. I wore it last weekend for the third time when temperatures hit -30. I was impressed on how warm the jacket was. I was getting ready to go outside when I noticed three- four rips near the middle by my stomach starting at the zipper. These rips are only about 1 1/2 inches long. I think they were from my skis that rubbed up on the jacket on accident. I am extremely disappointed that it was my third time wearing the jacket and now the down in coming out. Now it is not really wearable since the feathers are all coming out of it and once that happens it changes the warm/ function of the jacket. Upon contacting Sierra Designs Warranty service,they did not provide any help and said that their material was more prone to rips because it was ultra light and that is just how it is now. I would suggest buying the more expensive brands- Patagonia, Mountain Hardwear, Arc'Teryx. These are the brands I have had in the past and and these jackets have lasted 10+ years- so worth the extra money!