Whether you are gearing up to ski down mountain, traverse to its peak, or sail around its base, the Patagonia down jacket is the perfect companion. Lightweight and versatile in nature, it fits into any piece of luggage, and trust me, it packs a punch.
Down filled, this jacket is guaranteed to keep you warm, while its windproof and water-resistant shell fabric keeps you dry in all conditions. In the past, I used this jacket as a base layer underneath my shell for skiing, but last summer, I decided it to test it on the water.
Strategic layering was crucial to ensuring we all stayed warm, dry and smiling while sailing up the west coast of Scotland. Thankfully, I was well-equipped. This jacket was perfect for the temperamental climate in Scotland; when the wind picked up it kept you warm and when it started to downpour (as if out of nowhere) it kept you dry.
Easy enough to layer on top of, this jacket played a crucial part of the foul weather gear outfit. While at port, it was perfect to throw in my daypack because it was so lightweight; it came in handy a number of times as the weather started to turn. However, even though it did keep me dry for the most part, I would suggest packing an over layer such as the Helly Hansen 7J Jacket, to protect against continual rain.
Maxing out at approximately $268, this jacket is more expensive then some of the other down-filled options, however its durability ensures this coat will last you a lifetime, and you will be able to use it wherever your travels take you!
Besides, according to my rule – which is taking the cost and dividing it by the amount of times you wear it – this jacket is sure to make you money!
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