Down vests are a 'must have' in New Zealand for the winter. They're pretty much a uniform in the South Island. They're not cheap and when you buy one you want it to last. You don't want to have to worry about brushing past a tree or holding a pile of firewood and the fabric tearing. This is why we thought that we should take on the challenge to make a tougher down vest. And we did!
We've done some wear testing by performing some the normal day to day activities of a typical Kiwi bloke/lady and had some good results. Check out the video under the 'media' tab. Although we wouldn't recommend intentionally doing these activities in your new down jacket, it will definitely withstand a bit of rough and tumble.
• Cactus WTF-2 (220 denier nylon face fabric)
• Adjustable and removable hood
• 750-loft white European goose down. Ethically harvested, sourced from Germany
• Nylon taffeta lining
• Two internal chest pockets, two external (fleece lined) hand pockets
Outer: Cactus WTF-2 (220 denier nylon face fabric)
Lining: Nylon taffeta
Fill: 750-loft white European goose down. Ethically harvested, sourced from Germany
Packs down to: Size Medium - 15cm X 14cm X 17cm = 3.5L
Please note that the measurements are of the actual garment size so this means that when you measure yourself you'll be wanting a size that measures a bit bigger than your body.
Chest - around nipple region (around whole body)
Length - Front collar/hood seam to bottom of jacket
Arm Length - from neck seam to wrist seam