Just to make it clear at the start of this review – we have a slightly older version of this jacket, with the most notable differences being the new press studs on the handwarmer pocket; and the zipper guard at the collar. There’s also a new zipper pull on the current version whereas ours just has the classic YKK job.
Another big difference is that the new version does not have the storm guard over the main zip – as far as we can see on the photos on the website. They do state that the zipper has an “additional wind flap with metal snaps”, but in the photos the wind flap is no longer external.
The materials seem to have gotten an update too. The old version having 100% nylon lining, 100% polyester insulation and a minimum 75% new duckdown. The new version has reclaimed down and is all down, no other filler.
The handwarmer pockets do have the down insulation in front of them so they can properly keep the chill of your hands. The microfleece liner in the pockets come under the category of ‘solution to a first world problem we didn’t know we had’ but given the cost of the jacket, fair enough. The inside liner does feel very nice and falls into the same category but with an added bonus that it makes it easy to slide on/off over layers.
We’re at a bit of a loss to explain what the advantage of the self-fabric cuff is (even our sewing guru was stumped) or what a fixed cuff was. Having worn this jacket a lot, we can say it doesn’t give any noticeable advantage over any other cuff.
The Bivy Down Jacket won’t look out of place in the city either, so it keeps your options open. Overall it’s very comfy and very warm, you just need to decide whether the price tag is worth it. As always with these products, bear in mind you’re getting quality materials, ethically produced and with excellent service/warranties if things do go wrong.
WE WORE: Ash Tan, small size – previous iteration of the jacket.
MATERIALS: 100% nylon plain weave (51% recycled) with a DWR finish. Insulated with 600-fill-power 100% recycled down.
PRICE: AUD $329.95
WEBSITE: Check it out here.
Review by @carpobrotus. He is 6’1 and weighs 65kgs. You might find this useful when considering what size might fit you well.
DISCLOSURE: No disclosure required on this one, we paid for the jacket ourselves. (Unfortunately) we did not receive any payment for this review.