goosehappy wrote:I'm having a hard time finding a goose down insulated hunting jacket with features comparable to the current waterfowl gear such as Drake,UA etc.... Is goose down going out of style as insulating material? Is it inferior to polyester? Columbia seems to have made one a few years back but not any more. Is it too expensive?
mudpack wrote:Main thing I have against down jackets is bulk. Bulky jackets/vests and wingshooting do not go well together.
I have an old down jacket that I wear a lot in winter, but not hunting.
ksfowler166 wrote:There are several options to choose from. Eddie Bauer has the godfather of all down coats the Skyliner 1936 in both a vest and coat. I know that for Christmas I am getting the Eddie Bauer MicroTherm vest. To quote from their website
"This year, we're using 700-fill StormRepel™ Down—Premium European Goose Down that's treated with a durable water-repellent (DWR) finish to make it highly resistant to moisture. Ripstop nylon shell, reinforced with rugged Cordura® nylon overlays. StormRepel® DWR finish also protects the fabric surface, causing moisture to bead and roll off or evaporate rather than soak into the fabric."
So it is water resistant few things short of Gore-Tex are waterproof anyways and it is also machine washable. I am hoping that it will be a good gift but oddly enough I don't need my waterfowl gear to even be water resistant (wader and decoy gloves excepted) I just don't hunt waterfowl in bad weather. Now upland hunting is different story and I can use waterproof for that. By the way what "features comparable to the current waterfowl gear" are you talking about? Pockets? Hoods?
handyandy wrote:Thats why there isn't much out there with goose down anymore.
Killer your Drake LST Down Coat must be made from different material than mine. The first time I wore it in the rain I got SOAKED. I used 2 cans of waterproofing spray and the problem was solved. Other than that I like the coat VERY much. Nice and warm when the temps get bitter. I also like the upper chest pockets. I think I paid $59.99 for it on sale so the price was right.KillerKowalski wrote:I have the Drake LST Down Coat with Magnattach. It's waterproof so the down never gets wet
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