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Im in the market for a down filled puffy jacket.
we dont have a lot of call for them here in West OZ. so my local suypply is limited in variety.
What are you all using?
I need it to be light weight and packable into a small stuff sack.
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What weight do you need? There are the thin, light ones used for layering, and then the thick ones that keep you VERY warm, but are overkill for anything but noticeable cold.

Lots of brands; Columbia is good, as are LL Bean, The North Face, and many others. Patagonia has a line that's more expensive, but that guarantees humanely gathered feathers.

If you're planning on using it in the US or somewhere else cold, I'd suggest trying them on, unless you're well within the average sizes.

Wendy P.
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Im in the market for a down filled puffy jacket.
we dont have a lot of call for them here in West OZ. so my local suypply is limited in variety.
What are you all using?
I need it to be light weight and packable into a small stuff sack.



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What sort of temperature range are you needing it for??

Considering the potential costs and time for shipping to Australia you might consider a slightly oversized sheepskin coat with layers underneath with an Under Armour T shirt put on first to wick moisture away from the skin. With layering clothing you can add or remove layers to suit the outside temperature. From my personal experience growing up in Northern Ontario down filled jackets even with waterproofing don't fare well in wet weather.

When I was quite active horseback riding and trail riding in the winter I layered cotton fleece long sleeved turtleneck over a cotton T shirt, a hooded zip up sweatshirt over the turtleneck and my sheepskin coat, I found this to be extremely effective in temperatures down to about - 20 degrees C. If there was rain or wet snow in the forecast I put on my Australian oilskin coat over the sheepskin coat.

Just my 2 cents

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the primary use for the jacket will be for when Im hiking and camping overnight.
The cold here in winter drops to 0C (low 30'sF). But it has to be able to pack down small enough to fit in a hiking pack with tent sleeping bag trangia food clothing etc..
Hence the need for down and not wool.
I have pure wool thermals and a gortex outershell, so the jacket would be for layering and morning/evening when the temps drop significantly.
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Patagonia Men's Down Sweater Hoody. 800 fill down.

Packs really small, lighter than a sweater, warm and looks good. Patagonia is a great company too.

If it gets really cold just wear it with a shell on top. It's thin enough for that.

I bought it for the evenings while trekking but I use it all the time now: traveling, trekking, working, in town!

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I use a down shirt for that same purpose. It's like a very thin down jacket; packs to nothing, and layers well. I bought based on weight and fit; lots of companies make them.

I found it to be too warm for sleeping in at even 38F; I took it off and just used the underwear. Knut the down booties keep my cold feet warm :)
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ive got it norrowed down to a couple of jackets.
Problem is that I dont have acceess to them here to try them on
so has anyone got experience with fit and durability of these jackets?

http://www.columbia.com/mens-compactor-down-jacket-1565981.html?cgid=men-jacketsVests-insulated&dwvar_1565981_variationColor=010#pg=2&start=29

http://www.cotswoldoutdoor.com/au/columbia-mens-flash-forward-down-hooded-jacket-a1212918

http://www.rei.com/product/886239/mountain-hardwear-ratio-down-jacket-mens-2014-closeout

http://www.sierradesigns.com/product/dridown-sweater

oh I have a 41-42 inch chest so it would look like Large is my size but I dont know how they fit. (big small tight etc...)

Thanks
You are not now, nor will you ever be, good enough to not die in this sport (Sparky)
My Life ROCKS!
How's yours doing?

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Definitely buy a hoodie because an once of insulation on your head is worth a pound anywhere else.
Try to think of your body as a chimney with all the heat escaping from your head and neck.
Also look for a snug-fitting collar to keep warm blood flowing towards your head.
Oh!
And and about all those quest short jackets that leave your butt hanging out in the breeze ... great for fashion and you butt will remain small with all the shivering you do. For cold weather, I only buy thigh-length jackets. Even a single-layer down jacket (long enough to cover your butt) will reduce shivering in the morning.
IOW Waist-length winter jackets only keep you warm when paired with bib overalls (high top pants).

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ive got it norrowed down to a couple of jackets.
Problem is that I dont have acceess to them here to try them on
so has anyone got experience with fit and durability of these jackets?

http://www.columbia.com/mens-compactor-down-jacket-1565981.html?cgid=men-jacketsVests-insulated&dwvar_1565981_variationColor=010#pg=2&start=29

http://www.cotswoldoutdoor.com/au/columbia-mens-flash-forward-down-hooded-jacket-a1212918

http://www.rei.com/product/886239/mountain-hardwear-ratio-down-jacket-mens-2014-closeout

http://www.sierradesigns.com/product/dridown-sweater

oh I have a 41-42 inch chest so it would look like Large is my size but I dont know how they fit. (big small tight etc...)

Thanks



I'd go for the REI as they all use sewn through construction. It would have the most loft. Nothing wrong with sewn through for your purpose but the loft on a couple of these is minimal. I'd go with a fleece tuque ( http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/hey-hosers-what-do-you-call-that-cap-on-your-head-1.2455217 ).

A jacket like that with a fleece tuque and fleece gloves will cover allot.

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Im in the market for a down filled puffy jacket.
we dont have a lot of call for them here in West OZ. so my local suypply is limited in variety.
What are you all using?
I need it to be light weight and packable into a small stuff sack.



North Face. Has it's own stuff-sack in the collar. VERY warm

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