/ Uniqlo Airtech Fleece vs Marmot Variant
I happened to be in a BOSS shop the other day, they now do a narrow channel down jacket, basically a knock off of the Patagonia design, but twice the price.
It is a lot indeed. I'm still a bit in two minds as to whether the synth insulation as a mid layer fully works as I found with the Variant when I was pushing hard I'd get a sweat build up under the insulation section. http://www.ukclimbing.com/gear/review.php?id=4447 I saw that TNF's new super expensive mid layer sort of takes that on, saying it offers the warmth of synth puffy but with the breathability of fleece.
That thought passed through my head looking around TK Maxx the other day; loads of narrow channel down jackets...
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