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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
  • Item #SDS0782

Tech Specs

90% nylon, 10% spandex, PU coating, DWR coating
800-fill DriDown
Baffle Construction
Center Back Length
[medium] 30 in
2 zippered hand, 1 interior security, 2 interior stash
Recommended Use
hiking & camping, climbing, skiing
Manufacturer Warranty

Tech Specs

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Fantastic Jacket!

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: Large

Bought this for my active teenage son who needed a warm, lightweight, packable jacket. It is not only lightweight and packable--He loves it, he wears it ALOT! To school, hiking, out and about and he even wears it when he trains (for ski racing), and we live in COLD MN...he said it is as warm as his big ski Parka. It appears to be very high quality, washes well, and looks great! The arms on the Med. were a little short, and a bit tight in the shoulders. Back Country took GOOD care of us!

Great replacement for an older version

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

I bought this jacket in fall of 2015 to replace an older Sierra Designs light down jacket (SD Gnar Hoody). I sized up a bit as I'm stocky and wanted something I could layer with (the sizing runs slightly small in my experience, but not wildly). The jacket is very warm (I have worn it out in 10 degrees with just a shirt underneath). IT feels much more durable than my gnar -- more resistant to tears, and the stretch is a nice feature. It leaves a bit to be desired in the "breathable" category, but all-in-all, for the price I paid (on Steep and Cheap) I'm incredibly satisfied

Extremely Comfortable Multi-use Jacket

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

This is my third purchase from Sierra Designs and they continue to impress with simple and elegant design. I already own a Patagonia Ultralight Down jacket but the athletic fit of that garment lead me to purchase this for casual use around town.

A few initial impressions.. The inner-liner is very soft to the touch. When you put it on, almost feels like wearing a super comfortable sweater. The loft and density of the dri-down reminds me of Patagonia's new Nano Air jacket (at a much lower price point). As previous reviewers mentioned, the hand pockets are massive. Hood fits very comfortably and lays flat when not in use. My favorite feature is the fabric stretch technology that they've added.

The only potential concern that I have is the breathability of the jacket - it heats up quite quickly but temperature can be easily regulated by unzipping the main zipper and pockets.

Although the majority of reviews mentioned that this product runs small, I found that the size large fits perfectly. I've got broad shoulders, slim, skinny build and typically wear a "40 long" suit jacket with 34 inch waist, 15" neck.

I'm sure this will be a great gear addition to hiking, camping and everything in between (with the exception of extended ultralight backpacking trips). Hope this helps!

Great jacket from great company

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

This jacket quickly became my new go-to; it's warm, light, hood fits well, and feels well constructed.

Love that it's DriDown so I don't have to worry about the moisture from my body or rain outside as much anymore.

You won't be disappointed with this jacket if you're on the fence.

Amazingly nice, thin down jacket

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

What a nice jacket this is. The quality of the construction amazing, and the texture of the fabric is very comfortable. It's pretty light and feels weightless on my body. It's this little extra insulation you need for short breaks on cold autumn or spring hikes/climbs. Looks pretty casual, but is technical and light enough to be the perfect addition to your gear. Examining and using this jacket made me take Sierra Designs pretty seriously. I'd bring a heavier down jacket/parka for real winter trips, but this one will do me well for active trips in a few degrees below freezing, but not much colder than that.

I'm fairly slim, usually a typical medium for jackets. This one is maybe a little bit smaller than other medium jackets I have, but I wouldn't want a large. The stretch makes it work perfectly. And the orange color is absolutely awesome.

Nice lightweight down jacket

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: x-large

I bought this for my husband...I thought he might hate the hood, but really loves the jacket, it even has nice stretch. I got him a size up and glad I did, fits great

My New Go To Jacket for Every Day

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs small

First let me affirm that this jacket runs one size small. I am 5' 10", 177 or so with a 43" chest and 33" waist. It is perfect if all you'll wear is a light base layer, but anything more will make you feel constricted. I've come to appreciate the stretch fabric, it's tough and forgiving, but like any down jacket, you need to know that it won't do well if you're in a briar patch! The fit, finish, thoughtful design and materials add up to a great product and one that offers a bit more than its competitors. You can easily get overheated in this jacket as it does not breathe well, but despite its light weight, it really holds the heat - Get yourself one!

Recommend One Size Larger If...

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: XL

I recommend ordering one size larger if you don't consider yourself to have a slim upper body. I wear a large in virtually eveything form shirts to sweaters to jackets but I found this large to be tight in the shoulders and in the arms. Other than that, I like the quality and am exchanging the large for an extra large.

Update....So I am on a rotational assignment in Kazakhstan and this jacket kept me comfortable at temperatures -10 to -15 deg F with a 15 - 20 mph wind with just a long sleeve dress shirt and undershirt underneath. The jacket also packs well into a small volume. Still a 5-star purchase!

Sizing Gouge

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: Runs small

I am 6'2", 180 lbs and have a 35.5" sleeve as measured from mid-neck to wrist. Normally wear 42L in suit or coat. I ordered the Large SDHJ and found it to be too tight across the chest. When I raised my arms out from my body to shoulder height, the armpits were very tight and the zipper was pulled tight at the nipple line. I do not have a "body builder" physique, more like a bean pole so this surprised me. Sleeve length was adequate as it hit below the wrist line. Body length hit just below the belt. I would be hard pressed to layer much more than a light sweater before becoming too tight over all. I ordered a XL and found it to fit much better. No binding across chest, sleeve length was better (when pulled taunt, hit first joint of thumb) and body length hit upper thigh/groin line. There is now room to layer underneath if needed without feeling like a tick.

Build quality is 5 of 5. Material is as described in Description; soft and has minimal noise when sliding across itself. Feather weight, you hardly notice you are wearing it. Interior pockets are stupid deep. You will have a time fishing any small items from the bottom. As the company states, they are more for carrying hats or gloves which would be easier to retrieve. The interior security pocket will hold a iPhone 6 regular size. You will need to keep the vertical zipper for this pocket closed or every time you bend over whatever you have in the pocket will slide out. The two zippered outer hand warmer pockets are well placed and deep enough to sink your hands into.

It hasn't been cold enough yet to put the jacket through its paces so I'll update this later with a performance review. Hope this helps other "bean poles" with any sizing dilemmas.

Good to go . . .

  • 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.

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.

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.

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.

This jacket seems very thin and not puffy at all, especially for a piece with more than 4oz of 800-fill down. How does the ''puffyness'' compare with similar jackets? Very subjective, I know... Thanks!

It is equal to an ultralight down jacket in "puffiness". If you can get check out the Patagonia Nano Air, the feel and loft are practically equal. The loft is nearly as high as an expedition weight down jacket like the big patagonia or north face winter jackets.

How much down?? Everything sounds perfect with this jacket, however I'm wondering how much down is actually stuffed in there, i.e. how warm it really is. I know its 800 fill, however there's a difference between a First Ascent 800-fill microtherm jacket (super thin) and a Marmot Ama Dablam 800-fill jacket (oven) -- I tried them both. I'm looking for warmth and something I can throw on in the teens with not much underneath and still be warm. The Marmot is doing that now but not crazy about the fit/finish. Hoping this'll do the trick. Thanks

Does the jacket compress down well to a small size? I currently have the Sierra Designs TOV jacket, which I love, but I lost over 64 lbs. so I have to get a new jacket. My only complaint of the TOV was the feather loss was pretty extreme, so I was considering this new SD DriDown Hoody. I'm a backpacker and want to know if it compresses down well for stuffing into my pack?

Hey! I think you'd be pleased at how well this jacket works for your needs. SD has dialed their gear in even more to fit serious backpacker's needs. The 800-fill power down means that this jacket is lighter and more packable than it would be if it was made with lower quality down. There's going to be a certain amount of down that leaks out of any down piece. My best advice on that would be that if you see feathers coming out try and grab them from the backside and pull them back in as they're coming out. I don't think however that you'll lose enough that you'd ever be disappointed in this jacket. Check out the review just below before you order. Looks like sizing might be a bit different than other jackets.

Good luck!

Best Answer

One reason I purchased this jacket is I travel a bit and only bring a carry-on. This jacket looked to fill the bill as it packs down and is relatively light weight. Depending on how you plan to pack it, I'd say you wouldn't be disappointed. I did a quick fold and roll and measured it for you; ended up with a log 12" long and 16" (4" thick) circumference. A stuff sack would give you a smaller package. I can flat fold it 12" X 12" X 1" compressed also. Mind you this was just a quickie job. With a little thought I could make it tighter. Hope that helps.

I'm 5'11 about 145 pounds. Should i get a small or medium?

Try measuring your chest (or use your jacket size if you know it) and using that measurement. If you're closer to 36" or 37" I'd recommend the small, but anything bigger than that I don't think the medium would disappoint you. Also, take into consideration your use. Often times it's smart to get it more fitted if you plan on using it as an insulating layer underneath a shell.

1st. The description mentions a drawstring...

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?

Old post but I'll give the answers. 1. Captive drawstrings (spring/plunger type keeper) inset approx. 1"-2" in from each terminal end of zipper. 2. No sack, no stuffing pocket. You might be thinking about the DriDown Baffled Parka which does. 3. The cuffs have elastic. It is not a tight/stretchy closure unless you have large wrists or are wearing layers.

How cold can you go with this jacket...

How cold can you go with this jacket alone?

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?

what is the weight for this jacket?

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

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

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.

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

Why are there two Large Sizes on your size chart?

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.