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Down Gilet or Down Jacket?

  • 25-03-2012 11:32am
    Registered Users Posts: 206 ✭✭

    Hi, as the title says thinking of getting a down jacket / gilet - not sure which to go for.

    Will be mainly used when camping / resting when hiking / leisure walks.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 5,566 ✭✭✭Gillo

    If its for resting when hiking I'd with the jacket, it'll weigh slightly more but it's be a massive difference when you on an exposed mountain.
    I've used both and have to say they are great, definitely worth the money warmth wise. If its just for Irish use they might be a bit overkill though.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,841 ✭✭✭sparrowcar

    I agree with Gillo.

    If it is for Irish use then stay away from down and go with synthethic as you can throw it on over your wet hardshell and it will still keep you warm even when wet.

    A down jacket is virtually useless once it gets wet. Down is best kept for cold dry weather or snow whereby snow in it's nature will not soak through the fabric of a down jacket.

    I have a rab belay jacket, look here for their latest offerings

    Most outdoor brands do a synthethic jacket starting from about €70 up to €200. Mine was €130 and never go on a hike without it. My down jacket is in the press for alpine trips/dry weather camping etc.

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,566 ✭✭✭Gillo

    Here's some independent reviews of synthetic jackets.

    Sparrowcar explained it better than I did, but the other thing is good quality down is expensive, it'll last you years but it can be big money.