A light weight packable down or Primaloft jacket is a mainstay in my backpack hunting system. This layer is for those cold mornings and evenings and nights when the temperature really drops. I have designed an ultralight packable insulation layer for the KUIU system and would like know your preference of synthetic or down.
I am a huge fan of down because of the high warmth to weight ratio. I have prototyped out a 12 oz, 850+ fill jacket that islLight, packable and really warm.
I was talking with Lance Kronberger today about this layer. He loves down but he gets too much rain where he hunts. Since talking with Lance I have been going back and forth on what would be the best addition for KUIU this first year. Down or Synthetic?
Below are the basic advantages of Primaloft the best synthetic insulation available and 850+ Down Fill.
- Highest warmth to weight available in a synthetic insulation
- Warm when wet
- no down leakage
- Heavy compared to down
- Not as warm
Down Insulation: 850+ Fill
- Highest warmth to weight ratio available
- Very packable
- Very light weight
- Very warm
- Ineffective when wet
- More care is needed in taking care of down
What do you prefer? Down or Synthetic?
Thanks for your help,