I am wearing Sierra Designs men’s DriDown Stratus jacket. The jacket is insulated with 800 fill water repellant dry down insulation, certainly warm enough to be worn as an outerwear piece, but also low profile enough that it can be worn as a mid layer.
Again, the jacket is filled with dry down insulation. It has got 100 grams of that insulation, so certainly warm enough for cool weather, maybe not the coldest of temperatures, but, again, a great layering piece underneath some heavier layers.
That dry down insulation really makes this a standout. Traditionally down insulation, as warm and as compressible as it is, is susceptible to poor performance if it should become wet or damp, humid conditions. And the treatment that is given to each fiber of the down in dry down insulation makes it stay dry longer, helps it retain its loft. And if it should become wet, it dries that much faster. So you have got a confidence here in this jacket that you may not have in a more traditional offering.
We have already talked about that fairly streamlined fit, again, with the idea that you may be layering over top of it.
There are some points of adjustability on the jacket. If I flip this up you can see that there are dual hem adjustments to pull the jacket in, cinch that in and get fit dialed in the way you want it to be. Elastic cuffs and also some adjustability on the hood. I certainly should point out that it is a hooded jacket. You have got adjustability here in the front and also the ability to cinch in that fit.
This is a fairly large helmet compatible hood, so you have got that room if you are wearing a helmet for skiing or snowboarding, but when you are not, you want to be able to snug in that hood and make sure that you are staying warm.
Nice height internally on the collar beneath the hood. So if you have got that hood thrown back, you have still got really nice warmth around the neck beneath the chin.
A nice full length zipper on the jacket, easy open, easy close. As far as pocketing is concerned you have got two hand warmer pockets here in the front, both zippered. On the inside of the jacket you have got some other pocketing as well. Two pretty sizable dump pockets on either side of the jacket, so all kinds of room, depth all the way to the bottom of the jacket itself. Back here on the left side there is an additional zippered pocket and it does have a pass through for head phones should you be using an mp3 player, iPod, something along those lines.
Another nice feature here on the Stratus jacket, I am used to seeing this on lower profile definite base layer pieces, but don't see it all that often on jackets that have outerwear potential like the Stratus jacket does. It is the thumb holes here beneath the cuffs. So you can see the pass though there. Some really nice soft fabric where the thumbs come through, so nice next to skin feel there.
What this feature does is it eliminates that gapping that you will often see between gloves and the start of your sleeves on a jacket. Also, you know, the riding up that sleeves can do which broadens or widens that gap. It is all done away with here with these thumb loops. And, again, I find that a definite stand out feature here on the Stratus jacket.
Adding some extra versatility, Sierra Designs includes a stuff sack, draw string closure with each of its DriDown Stratus jackets. You can see how nice and small that packs down. It doesn’t weigh much at all for a jacket as warm as this one is. And whether you are wearing it as a mid layer piece or outerwear in cool temperatures, got to love the Sierra Designs men’s DriDown Stratus jacket.
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