Since some time ago, I was looking for a light jacket for everyday use, but also for the occasional Winter Tour. The excellent insulation property of down are easy not to have greater cold. I am delighted by the climate of my down sleeping bag also long gone. Also enjoy down jackets have a reputation as a very good weight/insulation ratio and to be still quite small foldable.
In my search, among others who came Berghaus furnance, the RAB Microlight, as well as the mountain equipment Arete in the shortlist. The isolation, the weight and the price, all 3 are together quite closely. My choice was finally on the ME jacket because it was in stock in the desired size and color. In addition, I am also more than satisfied with my Mountain Equipment down sleeping bag (classic Dragon 500).
The cut of the Arete jacket is quite tight and fits in size L in my 1, 90 m and just under 80 kg. Thus it can be both as middle layer under a shell jacket, as also in dry weather as the outermost layer. The chic and simple design, as well as the smooth surface make the jacket also easily suitable for everyday use.
Speaking of surface, the outer material consists of wind and down dense He30.rs and is used by mountain equipment thanks to its good properties in the sleeping area. The filling (for size L) consists of 160 g 90/10 down with a power of at least 675cuin. The Chambers are stitched by a down evenly. Unfortunately, these seams prove as well as vulnerability of Arete jacket. Here, too many down through (see photo below) penetrate, for my taste. Maybe I am just slightly too paranoid and fear a loss of isolation at all coming down right.
The weight of my Arete jacket size L is 411 g including the enclosed Drybag. Without, there are slight 395 g. According to the product description the jacket in the inside pocket to be stowed, but I have the problem that the zipper also disappears inside the bag then. But may I instead of me also just too goofy.
On the mountain equipment down jacket has two handwarmer pockets, an insulated cover strip on the front zipper, elastic cuffs, and a drawcord at the hem so that out well seal Jack down.
In practice the Arete proved jacket so far very well at temperatures around freezing point. It keeps warm, enlists super convenient, and the body climate is excellent.
The mountain equipment on MensJacketsStore.com is priced with a regular price of nearly 170 euros a pretty cheap to classify Arete jacket, especially if one takes into account the good ratio weight/insulation.