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Posted 1/8/17 , edited 1/8/17
How do you feel in the puffy jacket?

I feel like mashmellow man. I can't bring myself to wear one, even if I freeze to death
Posted 1/8/17
Warm as hell. You look like a drug pimp, but they are pretty nice.
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Posted 1/8/17
Where I live it's not necessary, but for cold weather hiking and camping they are pretty needed. If you want something that is almost as warm but isn't quite as bulky look into the synthetic fillers that most of the companies are using now. North Face uses primaloft in their thermoball stuff (with the added advantage that it is warmer than down if damp). Also Arcteryx has some really nice looking stuff, I'd probably recommend them above most.
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Posted 1/9/17
I'm not a fan. I hate the nylon-y material; I hate the way it feels on my skin, and I abhor the sound it makes. Same with windbreakers. Buuut, unfortunately, it's pretty warm, and I often have to give in to wearing a windbreaker, because it has gotten -10+ below where I live.

Looking on the bright side though, at least I don't look like Mr. Marshmallow lmao.
Posted 1/9/17
Yeah, I'm not a fan of down jackets. I normally stick to sherpa-lined jackets for when I hit those oh-so-delightful below freezing days. It was more consistent when I lived out in Kansas City, MO and would walk around like crazy. Now that I'm in Raleigh, it seems that this area only gets hit with freezing temperatures every so often (in contrast to weeks on end during the winter).

Down jackets just feel too "puffy" for me. I have a REI "ultralight" down jacket around here somewhere; as someone told me I would need something like it for hiking with them. It kept me warm, no doubt. It's just that I felt a bit "puffy" during the whole hiking trip as long as I had it on.
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Posted 1/9/17

Waterproof and insulated, I'm sold.

I don't care if I look fat or special it feels good ツ

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Posted 1/9/17 , edited 1/9/17
Down is nice until it gets wet. Obviously the weight/warmth ratio can't be beat. I know some of those jackets are "waterproof" but they usually won't hold up in a heavy rain (or sweat), when the water penetrates the outer shell. Once down is wet, it becomes heavy, uncomfortable, and most importantly stops insulating. It also takes forever to dry. That's dangerous if you are counting on the jacket keeping you warm in a cold rain.

So I think it's good for a light weight day hike, but if I wanted serious protection I would wear wool.
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Posted 1/18/17
ughh I hate those

I feel so big wearing them

besides I live in Miami
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