After reading all the comments it is clear KUIU will have to have down, synthetic, hood and no hood designs for the insulated style to meet everyone’s preference.
My goal this first season is to develop the most versatile skin to shell system possible with out an overlap in styles. I am working with my development team to evaluate a hood and no hood designs for this jacket.
We are also working on a removable design. Although, I am hesitant to design a removable hood as I do not think it fits KUIU’s clean design focus. I fear it will add complexity and weight to a style that is to be simple, light, warm and packable. All KUIU designs are clean and focused on intended form and function.
I will keep you up dated as we work through the details and testing. I hope you are all having a safe and sucessful fall in the mountains. Thank you again for all the great input and help.