I just finished my field report for the ISIS Slipstream jacket, but both the backpackgeartest website and the teststatus websites are not working for me. They seem to be down but it could also be something funny going on with my computer. As such, I can't access your email address to send this to you directly (there is probably another way to do it, but having both sites down has eliminated my first three approaches. I have included the test file here and will upload the html to the test folder and post a revised note with the link as soon as I can access the website.
ISIS Slipstream Jacket
Test Series by Kathryn Montovan
INITIAL REPORT: December 29, 2012/ <#IR>
FIELD REPORT: March 26, 2012/ <#FR>
Field Conditions: 5, day-long hikes and snow-shoeing trips near Ithaca,
New York. Conditions included rain, snow, sun, wind, with temperatures
between 10 F and 40 F (-12 to 4 C).
I have also found reasons to wear this jacket nearly nearly every day
between when it arrived at my house, and the arrival of warm spring
weather to my region.
Active use in temperatures between 10 and 20 F (-12 C and 7 C): This
jacket is too warm for me to use it during heavy activity even when it
is cold. Initially I experimented with it to figure out what
temperatures made it an appropriate layer for active use. I found that I
generated too much heat while snowshoeing or vigorous hiking in
temperatures down to 10 F (-12 C) (which were the coldest conditions I
was highly active in this year). I found that the jacket was
appropriately warm for less rigorous hikes in temperatures between 10 F
and 20 F (-12 to -7 C). When shoveling, I usually grabbed this jacket
and by the end of my shoveling would have it at least partially unzipped
to help regulate my temperature.
Resting use in temperatures between 10 F and 40 F: I found this jacket
was a really excellent way to keep warm when I am inactive outdoors in
the cold. This included breaks (making hot drinks) on snow-shoe or
rigorous hiking adventures, waiting at bus-stops, meandering around
town, or watching the stars on a cool spring evening. It is small enough
to fit easily into my day pack, and keeps me very warm in all of the
conditions I have encountered.
Snow: This jacket did well in the snow. One time when I was shoveling I
noticed that snowflakes that rested on the jacket melted fairly quickly,
demonstrating that a significant amount of heat was making it through
the insulation, but this moisture did not make it through the durable
water repellent fabric to the down insulation.
Rain: One day I got caught for a 10 minute walk in an unexpected just
above freezing rain shower (37 F/3 C), and put the water repellency to
more of a test than I had intended. I remained dry and the down remained
lofty, and the jacket shell dried fairly quickly after going inside.
Overall, it was a successful test, but it was nerve racking and, in the
future, I will try to avoid getting caught without a rain jacket to
throw over this jacket when rain is expected.
Hoodlessness: My only wish is that this jacket had a hood. I love down
hoods because they are so wonderfully warm, and hoods in general help
keep drafts off my neck and rain and snow from ending up down my back.
That being said, this it one of the only jackets that I love that does
not have a hood. The soft collar and the warmth of the jacket more than
make up for the inconvenience of needing to wear a neck gator, scarf,
and hat to keep my neck, face and head warm.
Durability/Wear: This jacket shows very few signs of wear even with the
hard, daily use I have put it through. There were multiple times where I
caught the fabric on a thorn, stick, or something and worried that the
fabric would be damaged and found that it was surprisingly resilient. I
have regularly found a feather or two sneaking through a seam, but the
problem has not worsened with use and is not happening too often. There
is one thread on one of the baffles on the back of the coat (where it
looks like the thread was changed) that is starting to pull out and when
I gently pulled on it to see it it was stable, the baffle stitching
started to pull out. I will do what I can to tie this thread off and
limit the damage this thread can do.
Loose thread from a baffle
on the back of the jacket
I love the ISIS Slipstream jacket. It looks like it is about time to
wash my Slipstream Jacket, so I will soon wash it according to the
manufacturers directions and report on how it fairs in the wash in my
long term report
* Water repellency
* Length, style, and fashionable details
* Trim design
* Occasional loose feathers come through seems
* With use the zipper protector (the ribbon reinforcement to keep
the zipper from catching) has started to softer and occasionally
will get stuck in the zipper.
* Would love to have a hood.
Thank you to ISIS and BackpackGearTest.org for the opportunity to test
the Slipstream Jacket. Check back in May to find out more about how the
this jacket has performed on my upcoming spring backcountry adventures.