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CANADA GOOSE HYBRIDGE JACKET
TEST SERIES BY EDWARD RIPLEY-DUGGAN
INITIAL REPORT: January 4, 2011
FIELD REPORT: To come in March
LONG TERM REPORT: To come in May
NAME: Edward Ripley-Duggan
LOCATION: Catskills, New York State
HEIGHT: 6' 0" (1.85 m)
WEIGHT: 220 lb (97.50 kg)
I enjoy walking in all its forms, from a simple stroll in the woods to multi-day backpack excursions. Though by no means an extreme ultra-light enthusiast, from spring to fall my preference is to carry a pack weight (before food and water) of 12 lb (5.5 kg), more or less. In recent years, I've rapidly moved to a philosophy of "lighter is better," within the constraints of budget and common sense.
PRODUCT INFORMATION & SPECIFICATIONS
Manufacturer: Canada Goose
Year of manufacture: 2010
Manufacturer's Website: www.canada-goose.com
Listed weight: N/A
Measured weight: 30 oz (850 g)
Country of origin: Canada
Insulation: Down (750 fill power Hutterite white duck down), Polartec Powershield O2
Hybridge Jacket Front (note reflective strips)
The Canada Goose Hybridge jacket arrived in fine shape. Included were numerous hang-tags and a small brochure on the company's products. The manufacturer describes the sizing of the jacket as "slim insulated," and in consequence I had asked for and received a 2XL, rather than my usual XL. This seems to have been a good choice. The jacket in no way binds or restricts, and there is room for a light insulating layer under the jacket for use in emergencies. The construction of the jacket features sewn-through down insulation (i.e. not baffled), with down pockets strategically arranged on the front and rear of the jacket, as well as around the neck. The arrangement of the down is in accordance with the company's Hybridge Thermal Mapping technology, designed to optimize the effect of the insulation (more about this later). The balance of the jacket utilizes the Polartec Power Shield O2 insulating fabric (primarily on the sides, shoulders and sleeves).
The jacket does not come with a stuff sack. It is fairly bulky, but not to the point of being a problem. It appears to be a serious piece of insulated wear, and it is extremely well sewn and constructed. The left arm bear a prominent "Canada Goose Arctic Program" embroidered label. There is no other external branding other than a small Polartec proprietary label.
Design and materials
Canada Goose is primarily known for their down wear. As noted in the specifications online, this garment utilizes 750 fill power white duck down (Canada Goose states that none of their down is live plucked), and it is sourced from Feather Factory, who obtain their down from the Hutterite communities of Alberta, Canada. The shell for the down is ripstop nylon (20 Denier) with a DWR finish, and the down sections of the jacket are lined with a plain weave nylon, also DWR treated. To date, I have seen no evidence of protruding feathers
The concept behind the Canada Goose Hybridge Thermal Mapping technology is that the down is strategically located over areas of the body which experience higher rates of heat loss, and the warm air thus trapped by the insulation circulates to the less heavily insulated portions of the jacket. These less insulated areas use Polartec 's Power Shield O2 fleece, which (worn fleece inward) blocks 96 percent of the wind, is highly breathable, water repellent, abrasion resistant and is "stretchy for active comfort." (N.B. these claims are the manufacturer's, and will be evaluated, so far as is possible, in testing).
Rear of Jacket
Hybridge Jacket Rear
From this, and the literature with the jacket, the Hybridge appears to be positioned as a softshell for active wear. This is quite unusual for a piece of down wear, because of the problems inherent in insulation loss when down dampens with sweat. One hang tag states that the jacket is "Ideal for active pursuits such as skiing, hiking or snowboarding..." as well as "a brisk walk on a cool day." The down on the front of the jacket is distributed over 16 pockets. That on the back of the jacket is in twelve pockets of somewhat larger size, and the neck has two down pockets in the rear and (when zipped) four small pockets in the front. The jacket has a high neck, extending when fully zipped almost to the chin. Although there is no "zipper garage" at the top of the neck, from my use to date I have not experienced any chafing or discomfort. The neck is lined with nylon tricot, which gives it a pleasant feel.
Externally, the jacket has a main YKK zipper, backed by a lightly insulated storm flap. There are two tricot-lined zippered exterior pockets, the zips with attached pull cords, well positioned as hand-warmers. The sleeves are equipped with recessed stretch cuffs of a black elasticized material, which helps guard against heat loss and makes for a good seal with gloves, almost guaranteeing no exposed flesh. Each sleeve is equipped with a pair of reflective fabric bands, presumably for added safety in road walking or running. The back of the jacket has a flat loop of webbing affixed by sturdy stitching, described by the manufacturer as a grab strap. I'm unsure what the function of this is (other than to allow me to be grabbed by some helpful soul when on an alarming downhill slide). The waist of the jacket has an elastic drawstring, the tension of which is controlled by two cast nylon spring loaded fittings. When cinched, this creates a tight seal, which in conjunction with the high neck, seems to allow little heat to escape. The rear of the jacket is cut a little longer than the front.
The stretch Polartec is used on the arms, sides, waist, and sections of the neck. It is used with the pile inwards, which makes the most sense for insulation as this maximizes trapped air. The interior of the jacket is lined (except for the Polartec sections). There is a hang loop on the neck (as well as beading reading "Canada Goose"). There is one internal pocket, partially sealed with hook and loop fastener, large enough for a spare pair of gloves. Mention is made on the website of an internal stretch pocket for a MP3 player or cell phone. I was unable to locate this; the interior pocket I mention seems a little large for this purpose, and is not made of a stretch fabric. There are a variety of internal labels, both branding and product care. The latter states that the garment should be machine washed only (front loading machine) and line dried. Tumble dry, bleaching, ironing and dry cleaning are not recommended.
Hybridge Jacket Interior
This is an interesting jacket. I own nothing similar, in so far as using thermal mapping technology goes. This seems to be an innovative first for Canada Goose. I look forward to determining how this works in the field. I will be reporting on my preliminary experiences about two months from now.
The Hybridge Jacket appears to have been constructed from very high quality materials, with admirable attention to detail. My thanks go to Canada Goose and BackpackGearTest for the opportunity to test the Canada Goose Hybridge Jacket. This report was created with the BackpackGearTest.org Report Writer Version 1.5. Copyright 2008. All rights reserved.