/ Down Gillet Below Down Jacket - Comfort??

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Avaunt - on 03 Oct 2013
I just wondered if anyone whose used a down gillet below a down jacket (ME Himala) found the combination in terms of comfort, in theory the idea seems like walking round in just a bulky, uncomfortable, mess.

Anyone any feedback? thanks
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Avaunt - on 03 Oct 2013

PS - I just want to use it for warmth.
In reply to Avaunt: Depends a lot on the vest and the jacket I guess. But I found a great lightweight down vest from Decathlon this summer for 30 euros and I've worn it in colder weather under my Uniqlo "ultralight down jacket" or whatever they're called and it works well. Plus together its a cheap system for the warmth you get.

All these micro baffle vest and jackets are really quite slim.
Carolyn - on 03 Oct 2013
In reply to Avaunt:

Also, may depend on your shape - ie I fit an XS gilet, but need a S jacket (small chest - but relatively broad shoulders and long arms). So, gilet is quite good for filling the extra space round chest for me - but the fit might not work so well if you have broad chest and short arms!
Avaunt - on 03 Oct 2013
Yes I can see the size can more 'ify' with that combination, Westfield is near me I'll go try an adidas down gillet & my himala that sfoulf give a good idea, thanks
marsbar - on 03 Oct 2013
In reply to Avaunt: My down jacket is a bit too big for me, so its fine as it fills the space. I don't think it will be much use unless it has room to loft, squashed down isn't as warm as it doesn't trap air.
nickcj - on 03 Oct 2013
In reply to Avaunt:

I've worn a down vest in combintation with my synthetic ME Fitzroy jacket. Both underneath and over the top!

It's a great booster layer in cold conditions.

Specifically, I will put it underneath in damper comditions but I have wondered if this has compressed the down too much to make it worthwhile. Though putting it over the top I also wonder if any body heat gets through the synthetic jacket to warm the down up...?!

It's worth experimenting with anyway and I always find the two layers are much more versatile then one big heavy jacket.

Hope that helps?
Avaunt - on 04 Oct 2013
Yes it helps, I never thought of the space needed for lofting & really trying in a shop cannot give a real reading. Maybe a good jumper is best, at end of day a chunky knit traps air quite well & below a windproof Himala that sounds
maybe the best bet. All these early pre-winter experiements work out quite expensive if & when they dont live up to expectations.
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Kafoozalem - on 04 Oct 2013
In reply to Avaunt:

I was advised against using a down gilet under a duvet jacket because it will be compressed and prevented from lofting up fully.

However, a synthetic gilet works a treat. I can't recommend the Rab Generator gilet enough - very light, very warm and seems to last forever. As said above, this combo is way more versatile than a monster duvet jacket.

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