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Backpacker Magazine – Fall Gear Guide 2009
This 700-fill down jacket was an instant tester favorite.
Oven-like warmth, a perfect fit, and simple good looks aren't easy to find in a down jacket under $200. Which made the 700-fill Endless Down an instant favorite. "It was the jacket I skied in (under a shell), sledded in, hut-camped in, and bar-hopped in," wrote a New England tester. The silky outer fabric is a DWR-treated ripstop polyester that easily shed wet snow and didn't leak a single feather.
The perfectly tapered fit allows layering both over and under, with long, cinchable sleeves to protect wrists and a three-inch standup collar that nestles right under the chin. The jacket packs down to grapefruit size, making it an ideal camp coat for high-mountain backpacking year-round. Bonus: The shell fabric is 100-percent recycled. $185; 12 oz.; men's S-XXL, women's XS-XL; cloudveil.com