Gear Review: Hi-Tec Timaru Down Hoodie UPDATED!
I was one of the lucky ones to get my hands on a Timaru, Hi-Tec’s new down hoodie for women, before it hit stores. This fall I did a little sneak peek of the jacket before I was really able to test it. You can see that video below. I am updating this post with my findings after a couple months of cold weather (scroll down to see what I think now.)
The jacket is unique because the down fibers are actually individually dyed which results in a higher loft AND a really cool look behind a transparent shell. See the video and photos below for more featured highlights.
A few close-ups of the jacket and the down:
Check out this short *preview* video to see for yourself:
What I loved about the Timaru:
- Consistently super warm (and better suited for colder temperatures. I easily was hot wearing it in the high 20s and low 30s)
- Does repel water (though I wouldn’t wear it in the pouring rain for a variety of reasons!)
- The outer shell also seems to make it more durable making it less of a “fragile” down jacket
- I have never had any problems with it shedding feathers (which is pretty huge for down jackets)
- The hood has adequate coverage
- The color really is unique (I get tons of complements about it.)
What I wasn’t so crazy about:
- The nylon shell makes it louder (literally) than other down jackets when you move
- It isn’t quite as packable as I would like
The Stats (taken from Hi-Tec):
- Shell: 15D Nylon mini rip, silicon coated transparent fabric
- Insulation: 700-fill power down-colored down is visible through transparent shell
- Two zippered handwarmer (fleece) pockets
- Single-hand drawcord adjustable hem
- Adjustable hood
Solid colors: Regal, Pinot, Jester, Dasher,
Multi colors: Dasher/Jester/White and Pinot/Jester/White (shown)
The Bottom Line
A quality and super warm jacket that is pretty too!
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