Low-bulk warmth, maximum breathability.
Offering the low-bulk warmth of a synthetic puffy, but with much higher levels of breathability during active use, the Snow Peak Men's Flexible Insulated Full-Zip Hoodie is filled with Polartec Alpha insulation for optimal comfort in cool-weather conditions. Polartec Alpha insulation is made of spun poly-filament fibers that mimic the super-light, high-loft warmth of leading synthetic insulation types, but it's extremely breathable during aerobic activities, giving it the designation as the "first-ever breathable puffy garment."
Its lightweight polyester shell features a DWR treatment for high levels of water-resistance (20k) when you're walking through passing rain showers and wintertime snow flurries. The smooth polyester lining offers incredible next-to-skin comfort, while the drawstring adjustable hood offers extra protection from brisk conditions. Additionally, you'll find large kangaroo pockets for keeping your hands warm in chilly weather.
- Polyester shell with DWR treatment (20k water-resistant)
- Polartec Alpha insulation (100% polyester)
- 100% polyester lining
- Drawstring adjustable hood
- Large kangaroo pockets
- Designed in Japan
- Item #SNO002A
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: Medium
My review of this jacket is closer to a 4.5/5 than a 4/5, but I rounded down instead of up. I got this jacket to replace a Patagonia Nano Puff Hoodie. I really do like this jacket, so before I get into what I didn't like, I'll say what I did. The first thing that you notice is how it feels. It feels like luxury clothing when you touch it. My brother has an Arc'Teryx Atom and he immediately noted the feel of this jacket, also he said the jacket felt like it had more insulation than his. The thumbholes are great for when you need to use the jacket as a mid-layer. It does feel slightly more style focused than functional, but it does still feel very functional.
For me there were two negatives that subtracted from this jacket. The first is the zipper, it's not a bad zipper (YKK) but it could have been a little beefier. The zipper is also left handed, which is a little weird at first but it's gotten easier the more I've used it.
The second negative of the jacket is that the jacket does not pack into itself, this was one of my favorite features of the Nano Puff. I can get over this because I use this jacket for city wear. If you have a stuff sack, it would pack well into it though.
If I had the ability to change this jacket I would beef up the zipper, and add some more insulation to the kangaroo pockets.