Why We’ll See More 1,000-Fill Down Jackets This Fall
When insulation-supplier Allied Feather and Down approached Mountain Hardwear in the Winter of 2018 with a way to make the brand’s down jackets even lighter, the outerwear brand was already toying with the idea of an airier version of its staple puffy, the Ghost Whisperer. Packing down to the size of a 32-ounce Nalgene and clocking in at 8.8 ounces, the Ghost has been a favorite of ultralight backpackers and weight-conscious winter adventurers for almost seven years. But the brand wasn’t satisfied with it just yet.
“We had been working with our fabric supplier to develop this new 5x7 ripstop, but we found that it alone wasn’t enough to make a true ultralight product in our eyes,” said Devon Lambert, Mountain Hardwear’s project manager for outerwear. Without slimming the 800-fill jacket somewhere else, lightening the fabric wasn’t going to be enough to set an ultralight version apart. That’s.... Continue Reading at Outside Online