This Synthetic Insulation is the closest to Down that I have EVER SEEN!
The VerticalX SuperStrand insulation that Outdoor Research has developed combines the benefits of down insulation (lightweight with an impressive warmth-to-weight ratio) with the benefits of synthetic insulation (warmth when wet).
This is the Outdoor Research SuperStrand LT Hoodie Jacket Agenda Free Review!
Agenda Free Link : https://www.outdoorresearch.com/us/mens-helium-down-hoodie-277572
Price : Retail is $280 but at the time of filming can be found for less than $200.
Weight : 14.6oz for the medium size
Pertex Shield Diamond Fuse (2.5-layer), [face fabric] Pertex Diamond Fuse (100% nylon ripstop), [lining] 100% nylon 20D ripstop
800+ fill goose down, RDS-certified
Sizes : Small – X Large
Colors : Madder red, Black, yellow and black and so on.
A lightweight down jacket for active pursuits in alpine conditions
Durable face fabric reinforced at key points with waterproof fabric
High-loft down delivers impressively packable warmth-to-weight ratio
Elastic cuffs and drawcord hem keep out chilly weather and trap heat
Left hand pocket doubles as a stuff sack, includes carabiner loop
Brushed tricot lining inside hand pockets offers a soft touch
Chest pocket equipped with media details
Excellent quality jacket
Very well made – no issues with stitching
No issues with down loss
Excellent wind resistance
Warmer than the average middle weight down jacket
It can be stored inside its own pocket
Waterproof fabric along the shoulders and hood
Sizing is on the bulkier side which I like; plenty of room to move and for layer which expands the use of this jacket.
Excellent zippers, very smooth
Windblock behind the zipper
Chin guard materials is present if you have zipped all the way up.
Good hood; adjustable and warm
Very large internal pockets
Good value for the money; when taking into account the warmth, the features, the weight, compressibility and the robustness of the materials, the value for the money is there and the price is comparable to other available options.
Not the lightest down jacket but it is tougher; so the question is, what do you need? Weight wise, completely acceptable but there are lighter jackets on the market.
The same can be said for compressibility – not the most compressible – within acceptable ranges though.
Reenforcement areas could be expanded to the cuffs where a majority of down jacket punctures take place at – pushing through brush, climbing over a rock, that is where the reenforcements are truly needed.
Hand pockets are only half lined with hand warming material; I would like to see that material on both sides
The Outdoor Research Helium Down Hood is a bit different when it comes to being a down jacket. It stronger, slightly more waterproof, wind resistant, warmer, and heavier and is made for taking a bit more abuse.
With that being said, while more waterproof and stronger than your average down jacket, you still need to be careful with the materials and with the weather. This isn’t made to be in bushwhacked in or to be in full on rain.
In the end, do I recommend this jacket?
I do, it is a top notch performer and while there are less expensive down jackets out there, check out my reviews, this one does punch above its weight class in many ways.
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