Intended use: Insulation mid-layer for spring and fall camping when it gets chilly to cold at night and want more than just an underarmour layer, but I don't want or need my super warm down poofy jacket, and it's likely to be wet sometimes so I don't want down anyway. Will probably double as a while-hiking insulation midlayer for winter hiking, when I'm being too active to need the down.
Target price range, $100-$150
Target weight range, <8 oz (size Medium), the lower the better
The Montbell Thermawrap UL vest looks just about perfect, but appears to be discontinued and they only have size XL left
The Fratagonia Nano Puff, Deadbird Atom LT, and sNob Face ThermoBall are also open to consideration, but at full price for those I bet I could save some weight for the same price and likely higher quality with a cottage manufacturer. Any of them making synthetic?
Hard to beat Patagonia nano puff. Light, warm, and pretty durable. And yes water resistant down is too new to tell how well it works. I have a new dridown quilt and should be able to give a better opinion in a year.
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Loc: Washington State, King County
"The Montbell Thermawrap UL vest looks just about perfect, but appears to be discontinued and they only have size XL left"
My Montbell thermawrap vest is my go-to piece for all sorts of trips --- it layers well, under and even over other things. Just that plus a windshirt or very light shell are good for me for a surprising range of conditions when I stay active. I'm a big fan.
PS--Everything I've read says that the new water resistant down still isn't as good as synthetic when wet. That's why it's not in consideration. I'd be interested to hear personal experiences, though.
You're reading the wrong things. I have non water resistant down and have used it repeatedly for seven years - as well as synthetic. Never gotten any of it wet, and don't intend to. I wish the myth that wet synthetic is warm would just die, already, because it's just not so - it's wet, and wet is cold.
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