By Darin McQuoid

Down jackets are the ubiquitous apparel item of the outdoor world. Seen on high mountain peaks, remote river canyons and the local brew pub they are the once piece of gear that transcends adventure sport segmentation. During last spring’s sleeping bag review I fell in love with hydrophobic down. I’d argue that it’s the most important development in outdoor gear since Gore-Tex. Today we look at four jackets filled with DownTek treated down. Hydrophobic down treatments wash out over time; approximately 20 washes. My down gear averages a once a year washing. All the jackets are size medium and were weighed on our scale.

Big Agnes Meaden

The lightest jacket in the test.


Brooks-Range Mountaineering Mojave

The warmest jacket out of the bunch.


Eddie Bauer StormDown Hooded Jacket

A stylish jacket for casual adventuring.


L.L. Bean Ultralight 850 Hooded Jacket

Affordable insulation for all conditions.