Gear Review: Bergans Down Light
It’s finally winter! At least it is in Salt Lake City where we got a few feet of snow the last couple weeks. I have been eager to try out my Bergans Down Jacket and it is finally cold enough to really put it to the test. In full disclosure, I was given this jacket for free to test but that did not influence my review at all. If anything, it wants me to be more thorough with my test!
What did I like most?
- It really keeps you warm. I ended up talking to my neighbor outside for like a half an hour. My feet and legs were cold but not my torso and arms!
- I enjoy the longer cut. My Sea to Summit jacket is cut too short. I want my lower back protected from the elements too if I have to bend over!
- It is water repellent. I was wearing my jacket with a friend who was wearing an almost identical looking down jacket. His jacket absorbed the water while water beaded off mine. Wet down is like not having down at all.
- It compressed down into its own pocket which is nice to not have to carry a little stuff sack around like for my Sea to Summit. They both compressed to about the same size although a slightly different shape.
- While I couldn’t wear it hiking up the canyon, I wore it hiking downhill since it was chillier and I was putting forth less effort.
- It is a great everyday piece and would make a great camp jacket.
- It is also weighs 13 oz for the women’s large and 15 oz for the men’s large so make sure you really need the warmth!
- I wish it had a hood but you can get the version with a hood for $40 more…
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