O.F.F. = Outdoor Fashion Friday.
Our (almost) weekly segment featuring our favorite styles for the season. Everything we share are pieces we love and love to share. As a family, we appreciate clothing that is worth our hard-earned money. It’s what we wear and trust!
What? You thought it was SPRING? Don’t let the name of the month fool you – we had a full-on blizzard here this week. It’s all because I attempted to put the snow clothes away and the sleds away and even bought seeds to plant.
I was going to share some spring styles, but since it is currently 25 degrees outside, I just can’t make myself do it. AND, the good news (for those of us that actually do like being snuggled up in winter clothing), down is an exceptional choice for mountain camping where night temperatures almost always hover around freezing.
Down = even better when treated with DownTek. If you haven’t read that post, go do it now. It’s the future of down and, as a mom, is making me so much more at ease about how long our gear is going to hold up for us even in wet conditions.
The following three pieces are filled with DownTek and were NOT put away in the “winter clothes” bin because they will keep us warm in the tent this season too, should the need arise. We recommend all three and have even worn them in the past few days. In April. In that snowstorm that may just come again in June. You never know!
This is the time to buy these because they are on sale!
For the kiddos: Sti0 Kids’ Hometown Hooded Down Jacket ($159, on sale right now for $111)
We LOVE this jacket. It’s like a sleeping bag for their torso. It is not only super warm (which is great for the kid that tends to run really cold), but also has a functional hood, feels good to them and has zippered pockets. The DownTek fill coupled with Pertex Microlight Minirip means that this jacket is going to be passed on from kid to kid (and not torn the first time worn!) A little bit about the outer fabric: “Pertex® Microlight is a downproof minirip with good tear strength and matte finish, providing the perfect balance of lightweight, softness and durability. The 30d nylon has a DWR finish to enhance water resistance. The tightly woven construction is well balanced, preventing excessive heat loss through the fabric while offering significant weight reduction and excellent strength.”
While it’s not as small and packable as other down jackets on the market (like the Patagonia Puffball), I appreciate the fact that it is just that much more functional and durable. It’s “puffier” but still light and packs down well. Available in three gender-neutral colors.
For him: Stio Men’s Hometown Down Jacket ($225, on sale right now for $157)
All the great things about the kid jacket, but in an adult version too (or was it the adult ones came first??!). This one does NOT have a hood, which makes it a great layering piece. 600-fill DownTek with that great Pertex outer. Packs surprisingly small, keeps him warm and will be ready to go all year long, just in case! The right amount of loft to do its job very well without inhibiting motion or packing!
For her: Big Agnes Zirkle Circle Down Skirt $129.95
I love my skirts. Not only because I appreciate a little femininity in my layers upon layers of clothing in the winter, but also because they just keep me warmer! The Big Agnes Zirkle Circle skirt is great because it has that DownTek fill and a wind and water resistant ripstop shell.
My favorite feature is the snaps at the waist so you can easily adjust the fit to work with what you’re wearing underneath. Let it out a bit to fit over bulkier snow pants and cinch it in when all you need is a pair of leggings under it. Other down skirts don’t do that.
It also has a zippered and angled front pocket (so no bulk at the hips)
Finally, down anything makes a GREAT camping pillow.
Stio and Big Agnes generously provided us this gear in order to facilitate this review. However, as always, the opinions expressed here are completely and honestly our own. A few of these links are affiliates. Thank you so much for clicking through them to make your purchases – it helps offset the cost of this blog in a (VERY VERY) small way! You can find my full disclosure here.
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