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Looking for a good down jacket for skiing and around town, dog walks... open to suggestions!

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I've been looking for a good all around hooded down jacket that I could use for skiing on mellow days as well as around town. Can't seem to find something that I'm really into it...

 

Obvious options would be the Patagucci Down Sweater/Ultralight hoody, kinda liked the Flylow General Down Jacket but can't find one to look at in person, and I have seen not so good reviews on the shell fabric. Also saw reviews saying Arcteryx still needs to catch up on the down thing...

 

What do you have, use, like, recommend? Anything with the new water resistant down, that would resist light snow/rain around town, dog walk, and that kinda stuff...

 

Would you recommend going for synthetic instead? Something like Atom LT/SV or Polartec Alpha...

 

I'm open to suggestions, it just seems like "down jacket" skiers are always much more comfortable than I am on warm days even though I do wear a pertex softshell on these days.

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I have an Outdoor Research Virtuoso Hoody that I like a lot,  It's very well made and keeps me warm on the coldest of days.  They also make it without the hood.  They also make other down jackets with and without hoods and their stuff is often available at REI.  I think OR makes some of the best gear you can buy for the money.  

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I have an Outdoor Research Virtuoso Hoody that I like a lot,  It's very well made and keeps me warm on the coldest of days.  They also make it without the hood.  They also make other down jackets with and without hoods and their stuff is often available at REI.  I think OR makes some of the best gear you can buy for the money.  

Yes, all my Patagonia down is gone and I've switched to OR. Better fit (not so boxy) and easier to find at a decent price. 

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I have 2 of the Patagonia UItralight down jackets. (no hood) That I could sell.  one or both. 

 

Both are practically new. worn maybe 10 times each. Excellent conditions. Size xl, color: Orange and Black.

 

I really like the jacket, quality is great, they pack down to nothing and are nice and warm.

 

I'm looking to size down to a large. Great jacket.

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If you can find one on closeout (which you probably can) check out the flylow Iceman down jacket. I picked one up a couple of years ago, on closeout for around $200, and it has all the features I'd want in an in-bounds down coat. Outer shell is bomber, waterproof, and smooth (not baffled). Inside is baffled, has a removeable powder skirt, generous pit zips, and attached insulated hood. Oh yeah, it's warm as toast, and has great venting options that a lot of down coats don't.

 

The General Down looks like it might be intended more as an insulating piece, and like a lot of baffled down coats, looks like a tree branch could do some significant damage to the outer fabric, also, it's not waterproof, although the down insulation supposedly is. The Iceman uses much burlier (waterproof) outer fabric, has all the features of any good ski coat, and I'm kind of disappointed it's not in their line anymore.

 

http://store.christysports.com/catalog/clearance/clothing/mens-clearance-ski-jackets/flylow-ice-man-jacket-mens?gclid=CN2zw8Kh67wCFcU-MgodP2sAtQ

http://www.sierratradingpost.com/flylow-ice-man-down-ski-jacket-700-fill-power-for-men~p~6117m/?utm_source=GooglePLAs&utm_medium=PaidShopping&utm_term=Flylow_Ice_Man_Down_Ski_Jacket_-_700_Fill_Power_For_Men&utm_campaign=PCGOOGLEP4&currency=USD&codes-processed=true

http://www.amazon.com/Flylow-Mens-Ice-Man-Jacket/dp/B008H9IHM4 

 

For synthetics, I can't say enough good things about primaloft one, but it seems to be used only in spendy pieces. Retains its insulating properties when wet, and easier care than down.

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The Arcteryx Thorium is really nice, not as boxy as Patagonia and well made.
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tks for all the suggestions...

I'm also a big fan of OR! Will have to check the virtuoso! I'm still regreting not buying a hoody brooks range down jacket last year at STP :-( I love my non hoody version...
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