12/6/15

Patagonia Prow Jacket

 


This is not your typical down jacket; the Patagonia Prow has spunk. The Prow is stylish, but this chic number hasn’t compromised style for warmth. With V-shaped stitching, insulated with 600-fill down it will keep you warm over the next winter seasons. This jacket has a metal side zipper with a full 4’’ of overlay to make it look even when opened.

Cinimin wearing the Patagonia Prowler

Cinimin wearing the Patagonia Prowler


When fully zipped and buttoned up this jacket has a great thick two-button neck that will sure keep you cozy. This is an awesome article of clothing that has the quality of Patagonia gear. When making a purchase I try to buy sustainably so owning something made by Patagonia is a no brainer. I appreciate the quality and effort that Patagonia has, ethically harvesting their down and reducing the use of natural resources (REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE!). If this is also a personal priority of yours, this may be the jacket for you!

Features

  • Shell: 100% nylon plain weave shell with a Deluge® DWR (durable water repellent) finish
  • Insulation: 600-fill-power premium European ethically harvested goose down
  • Motorcycle-style jacket with chevron quilt lines and asymmetrical zipper
  • Versatile, tall, snapped collar stands up or lies flat
  • Zippered side pockets
  • Hip length
  • 371 g (13.1 oz)
  • Made in China
  • Comes in colors:  Black, Raw Linen, Teal, Fatigue Green, and Dark Currant
  • Offered in sleeveless vest version.

I was immediately drawn to this unique jacket at the Patagonia outlet and have loved wearing it in this chilly fall weather. I have hardly taken it off and love cruising along the streets and backwoods in it. It’s been to Moab, Capitol Reef, and plenty of times up Provo canyon on outdoor excursions. I can speak first hand that the DWR on this jacket works; I was caught in the snow for an hour and stayed perfectly dry and the jacket looked great except a small seepage appearing at a seam. Although I’ve taken this jacket on a few trips to the backcountry (and it’s fared wonderfully!) I feel more likely to flash this beaute on the back of a motorcycle or around the city. I love this jacket because it’s warm, stylish and has the high quality of Patagonia gear.

There are a few features that I think I need to mention. This jacket is lacking a hood so I would recommend bringing along a nice warm hat on any outing. The sleeves are missing elastic at the wrists which you may or may not have a preference for; personally I don’t mind it at all, but you do have a higher potential for heat loss this way. Although it’s lacking this trait, I found that the arms are a comfortable length keeping heat in and it’s great for slipping on a pair of mittens underneath.

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Pros: Cozy hand warmer pockets. I’m so used to the slick insides of my previous down jackets that finding the soft pocket of the Prow was an extreme delight! Stylish, warm, comfortable and durable! Made with ethically harvested down and a layer of DWR to keep you dry in light rain or snow.

Cons: No hood. This can be seen as a pro or a con, I suppose it’s just preference or whether you’re looking to add a wool hat or depend solely on your puffy. No elastic around the wrists or waist. Purchase this jacket right from Patagonia, Rockcreek, Backcountry, REI

Overall, I love this jacket; it’s great! I don’t know if this is the article of clothing that I want to take into the backcountry but I love using it for cruising around town.

12/10/14

The North Face Verto Micro Hoodie

The North Face Verto Micro-Hoodie

New North Face Micro HoodieHere we have the new, lightweight windbreaker by North Face.  I got this jacket last month and figured I would give it a good go before I made my decision and reviewed it, so here it is.  I got pretty excited about it after trying it on my first time. It was very well fitted around my waist and cuffs, and I liked how the hoodie covered more than just my forehead.  I was going camping so I set it aside and moved on, until the Mighty May Utah Snowstorm of 2014.  I pulled it out on my way to work one day when it was raining and found how useful this jacket really is, the 800 fill goose down insulation kept my core happy and the Flashdry technology and my body dry.  So far so good

  • The body of the hoodie contains 800-fill-power goose down that is extremely warm while remaining highly compressible
  • Pertex® Quantum® GL body fabric is incredibly soft, windproof and boasts incredibly high strength-to-weight ratio, completely protecting your core
  • Interior material features stretch nylon with FlashDry™ for superior moisture management so you stay dry and comfortable from the inside out
  • Close-fitting hood fits snugly and goes easily under helmets; extra insulation makes the difference between being chilled and conquering the cold
  • 2 zippered front pockets sit high on torso for pack and harness compatibility
  • The North Face Verto Micro Hoodie packs into its own pocket for easy stowage
  • The North Face Summit Series™ apparel is designed and tested for use in harsh environments