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Send in style, regardless of the cold.

Your climbing trip to Yosemite is panning out to have more frigid temperatures than you were planning on. It's lucky you brought the Sierra Designs Men's Stretch DriDown Hooded Jacket or you might never make it out of your cozy sleeping bag. This hooded jacket is essentially another sleeping bag, but more mobile. In fact, Sierra Designs used the same 800-fill DriDown insulation that's in its sleeping bags for unmatched comfort that stays drier, keeps you warmer, and dries faster than conventional down insulation. Sierra Designs then wrapped up this innovative insulation with nylon  for durability and a bit of spandex for the mobility you want while you hike, climb, backpack, or simply make breakfast. Plus, the shell has a PU coating for extra durability and DWR for water resistance against light rain showers.

Sierra Designs lined the handwarmers with brushed tricot for extra comfort when you need to warm up your digits. Let the security pocket store your phone, wallet, and other valuables to leave room for your gloves and beanie in the stash pockets.

  • Nylon, spandex shell with PU and DWR coatings
  • 800-fill DriDown insulation
  • Drawcord hem
  • Two handwarmers lined with brushed tricot
  • One interior security, two interior stash pockets

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1st. The description mentions a drawstring...

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1st. The description mentions a drawstring hem...Is there one or two drawstrings and where are they located on the hem? 2nd. Does the jacket come with a stuff sack or does it stuff into one of the pockets? And 3rd. Is there any spandex or other type closure for the cuff of the sleeve to keep wind out or is it just loose?

5 5

Good to go . . .

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

I'm 5' 10" and in the mid-190's, so I ordered a Large, which turned out to feel just a little snug, not overly so, but enough to wonder if it was going to work in the range of layerings I was expecting to use. I returned it for an XL, which fits very comfortably, with room for layering underneath. I found the sleeve length a tad long, but can live with it.

Since then, I've worn the jacket in a range of temps, from low 30's f. to below zero, and have been very happy with it. I would not count on it at the lower range if I was standing around in just the jacket and a t-shirt or sitting in the bleachers somewhere with a sub-zero windchill (go Patriots! :-)).

Nevertheless, I am very happy with the jacket and think it will serve me well for my intended purpose, which is as a light-weight, compressible, cold weather layer for around camp on a canoe trip in Canada in a week-long, early May, post ice-out, river run.

I have not had any experience yet that could test the "waterproof" quality of the down. However, I am reassured by the idea that the claimed water-resistant down will serve me better than down without that quality.

BTW, I got it in red, which is very close to the brick red color shown (at least on my monitor). Very nice.

How cold can you go with this jacket...

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How cold can you go with this jacket alone?

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Temperature is always a subjective thing. Certain peoples bodies just run warmer then others... some people have much more cold tolerance then others. Wind is a factor as well of course... as is activity level. If I was wearing just a t-shirt under a jacket like this and maybe walking around town I'd say comfortable down to maybe 25�F-30�F... I am from Maine and used to much colder temps then that though, so it could be completely different for you.

what is the weight for this jacket?

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what is the weight for this jacket?

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The weight for the 800 DriDown is 4.23 oz. / 120g
and total weight of the jacket is 17.5 oz. / 496.12g

How well do you think this jacket will do...

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How well do you think this jacket will do against 30 degree weather? Think it will be efficient in keeping me warm?

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if 30F is the coldest you expect to experience you should be fine with this jacket. This also depends on what you will be doing though. If you want it to wear while skiing, sure more then warm enough. If you want it to throw it on at the peak while hiking, should be fine. If you are going to be standing around for hours on end not moving... maybe not the best choice, but with a good baselayer and a shell it would probably be fine even for that. How hot your body tends to run also effects this, as temperature is a very personal thing.

4 5

Promised thumbholes do not exist

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

Description very clearly mentions thumbholes twice, but they do not exist on the jacket I rec'd. Black color is also more of a dark graphite grey -- particularly noticeable when worn with other black items. Those are the only cons for me so far. Super thin and lightweight, yet very warm. Wore this for a few days spent roaming the northwoods in just-freezing temps; it did a great job of keeping me warm despite drizzle, sleet, snow and 40 mph winds. The hood is arguably the best feature of this jacket; unlike some others, it is the perfect depth, and I don't have to take it off to hear. As a woman, I knew it was a gamble to buy a men's size, but the ladies' coats are all so damn ugly. It is clearly made to fit an athletic male frame, but still, the large fit my 5'9" frame and 42" chest just fine, even with multiple layers underneath. I can even fit this over a huge hoodie for more casual use.

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Thanks so much for the review and feedback.
We will get that content about the thumbholes corrected.

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A week in, feather leakage began...

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Would you still recommend it? Also, do you happen to know the weight of it, I don't see one listed, and how well does it compress?

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Yes, I would still recommend it, particularly if you need a down to withstand moist conditions (and particluarly at the lower price I see today). I couldn't tell you the exact weight, but it is light as air, and while it isn't a particularly fluffy down jacket, it compresses to a very portable lump and stuffs nicely into the empty crevices of a backpack.

Why are there two Large Sizes on your size...

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Why are there two Large Sizes on your size chart?

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So a lot of people get confused and think that the numbers on sizing charts are in reference to the material length of the item, instead its the measurement of the model the item is designed around. So when you see chest size or waist size that is typically the body dimensions of the individual this jacket is designed for. So when you see on the sizing chart large listed for mens size 34 and mens size 36 that means that the jacket should fit a range a men spanning those sizes.

5 5

Best jacket ever

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size

I must say as a representative for Sierra Designs I am a bit spoiled by the amount of gear I get to try out, and sure enough every year I am stoked on the new product. This year is no exception other than this is by the far the best down jacket I have worn.

I got the chance to try this out last week during a cold snap in Moab. The first thing that is different is the shell and liner material it is a soft to the touch fabric which feels great against the skin, no more cold nylon. Secondly the entire jacket has stretch like your favorite softshell, so no more hindrance reaching for the beer on the top shelf. Thirdly is the warmth you have with this jacket, in order to make sure the down does not pop through the stretchy material we have placed an interior membrane in the liner, which cuts down on the wind blowing through and cooling you off. Then if that is not enough it is filled with 800 fill Dri Down.

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"a representative for Sierra Designs..." of course he likes it