Living out here in the Pacific Northwest, I was able to give this jacket a good work through evaluation. The Silver Fork Down jacket has lately been my "go-to" jacket for a variety of conditions; but for some of the stuff I do, I would not use it exclusively - I would incorporate it into a system. I'm giving this a full 4.5 stars for the following reasons below. It really is a GREAT mid-weight down jacket; I really do love it! It's so light and unobtrusive, you don't even know you have it on. But the warmth is not overbearing - I've worn it just inside the house during the day instead of cranking on the heat on the thermostat - it's great! Outside on very cold days, it does exceptionally in heat retention; and I love the hood - it feels and reminds me of a light mummy sleeping bag (in fact, I've actually slept with it on - feels like a light sleeping bag! Would be great for camping!).
This jacket also has a nice capacity to fold into its own zippered pouch. This was great when I traveled to Cabo from Portland on a cold snowy day. Wore the jacket to the airport, stuffed it in its pouch, tossed it in my backpack, flew to Cabo where it was 80 degrees, came back to cold Portland, and the jacket was again handy to have while waiting outside for Uber.
The Pros -
- very light
- great down insulation
- fits great (true to size); I'm 5'7", and weight a muscular 175 pounds; size Large)
- works great as an under layer to a shell
- exceptional hood
The Con -
- being an avid outdoorsman in the worst of conditions here in the Pacific Northwest, whether I'm snowboarding, hunting, fishing, etc., I'm very particular regarding equipment and apparel. This jacket is a little water resistant; only. A quick trip from car to store during some rain is okay. BUT, outside during a downpour; no way. You'll get soaked. I would love for this to be water repellant. BUT, as I mentioned earlier - this would make a great underlay to a waterproof shell! I do intend on using that.
With all of this, I'm giving it a 5-star rating, and would highly recommend this jacket!