Traditional and synthetic down keeps you warm, but down jackets don’t always provide the flexibility you need to wear them for active pursuits.
Enter the Mountain Hardwear StretchDown DS Hooded Jacket, which solves that problem.
Made from a dynamic stretch knit that’s 100 percent polyester, the jacket stretches with you when you reach, twist, and bend.
The look of the down channels in this jacket includes discontinuous lines that aren’t exactly like the standard grid pattern that many other down jackets have—the result of a stretch-welded channel construction, which traps more warmth than standard stitching (that creates tiny thread holes in the fabric, allowing cold in).
The Nikwax hydrophobic down resists the moisture that robs you of body heat, and retains maximum loft, even when it does get wet. This down is 800-fill RDS certified by the Responsible Down Standard—an independent, voluntary global standard, which means that companies can choose to certify their products to the RDS, even if there is no legislation requiring them to do so.
The Responsible Down Standard ensures that down and feathers come from ducks and geese that have been treated well. This means enabling them to live healthy lives, express innate behaviors, and not suffer from pain, fear or distress.
The standard also follows the chain of custody from farm to product, so consumers can be confident that the down and feathers in the products they choose are truly RDS.
The cozy StretchDown DS Hooded Jacket has zippered hand-warmer pockets, as well as two easy-access interior drop pockets. The hem can be adjusted by a “smart” adjustment on both sides.
Bring it along on trips, and you can easily use the jacket as a pillow, or other comfortable cushion, as it easily packs down, but fluffs back up once you’re not compressing it.
The Mountain Hardwear StretchDown DS Hooded Jacket comes in both men’s and women’s styles. The men’s version comes in State Orange, Altitude Blue, Fresh Bud (yellow), Shark (gray), and Black.
The women’s version comes in Dark Tannin (dark purple), Deep River (blue), Green Fade, and Black. Both list for $340 on the Mountain Hardwear site.