IR - Canada Goose HyBridge Jacket - Ben Mansfield
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Happy holidays to all!
Canada GOose HyBridge Jacket
17 December 2010
Name: Ben Mansfield
Height: 6' 0" (1.8 m)
Weight: 175 lbs (80 kg)
E-mail Address: benmansfield27 AT gmail DOT com
City, State, Country: North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA
I have been backpacking for well over 15 years. These days my normal
trips are long weekends, though I do occasionally get out for a longer
trip. My normal stomping grounds are western Pennsylvania and southern
Ohio, and I have backpacked nearly all of the North Country Trail as
it runs through Pennsylvania.
I consider myself a mid-weight hiker, but trending with the rest of
the community towards a lighter load. My typical base pack weight (no
food, no water) is around 20 lbs (9 kg) or less, and doesn't vary much
with the seasons.
17 December 2010
Manufacturer: Canada Goose
Model: HyBridge Jacket
Manufacturer URL: www.canada-goose.com
Year of Manufacture: 2010
Manufacturer's Weight: N/A
Measured Weight: 1 lb 10 oz (737 g) - men's size large
Size Tested: Men's Large
Country of Origin: Canada
The Canada Goose HyBridge Jacket is a down and soft shell hybrid
jacket that puts the down where I want it (primarily my chest and
back) and uses a PolarTec softshell material for places that
insulation doesn't make as much sense, like in the arms and shoulders.
Canada Goose calls this concept of targeted insulation "Thermal
Mapping Technology." It's a great idea - the down beneath my
backpack's shoulder straps gets so compressed that it's insulating
capability is diminished anyway. And not having overstuffed down
sleeves means that I look less like a marshmallow and feel like I have
a little more natural range of motion.
Canada Goose didn't stop at Thermal Mapping Technology with the
HyBridge jacket, however... this thing is packed with features. As an
added bonus, the features are meaningful and not simply marketing
gimmicks. First off, Canada Goose is famous for their down outerwear,
and they use top-notch 750 fill-power Canadian Hutterite white duck
down in the HyBridge jacket. The other thing to note is that Canada
Goose sources their down from a company that does not harvest its
feathers from live birds.
The softshell material Canada Goose uses is high quality as well. I'm
a big fan of Polartec, and the HyBridge jacket uses a blend of 80%
Polyester and 20% Polartec Power Shield O2 material with a durable
water repellent finish for the soft shell portions, which cover the
shoulders and arms. The shell that contains the down is ripstop nylon,
also with a durable water repellent finish. The Power Shield O2 serves
to block the majority of wind while still allowing the jacket to
breathe. It also feels like it will be relatively resistant to tear
and abrasion. The lining behind the down covered portions of the
HyBridge jacket is a really soft material made from recycled
polyester, with a weave that is down proof so that the jacket doesn't
leak feathers. It also has a durable water repellent finish. Behind
the soft-shell portions of the HyBridge is a really soft fleece
The down-filled portion of the jacket covers the chest and back areas,
and is quilted in a square pattern to keep the down in place. It
doesn't feel bulky or overstuffed, presumably due to the high quality
down and its strategic placement.
The sleeves of the HyBridge jacket are articulated at the elbows via a
couple of sewn-in darts. They also have an elastic cuff which is
recessed just slightly so that the softshell portion covers much of
the elastic. The sleeves also have a pair of reflective stripes around
each bicep to enhance visibility at night. The hem around the waist is
also adjustable, which allows me to tighten it down to seal out wind
Another feature of the HyBridge jacket is a grab strap at the top
center of the back of the jacket. It's a really robust-feeling piece
of 1 inch (2.5 cm) wide webbing bar-tacked into the jacket. It is so
robust, in fact, that I wonder if it would actually support the weight
of a person zipped into the jacket. I suppose it would be a benefit
for an injured person who needed to be transported, though it's not
clear to me if this is the intention of Canada Goose.
The HyBridge jacket also has a pair of zippered pockets on the
outside, as well as an inner pocket that secures with a hook-and-loop
closure and is sized about right for a spare hat or maybe a pair of
goggles. The outside zipper pockets are lined with the nylon shell
material on one side (facing out) and a soft fleece material on the
inside (closest to my body). Speaking of zippers, the full-length
double front zipper feels pretty robust, and is backed up by a storm
flap to limit wind coming through the zipper. The top zipper of the
front zipper pair has a well-sized pull, as do the side pocket zipper
Canada Goose offers the HyBridge jacket in men's and women's styles.
The men's model comes in a size range from small to extra, extra
large. This covers a chest size range from 34 to 51 inches (86 to 130
cm). I normally measure around a 42 inch (107 cm) chest, so I opted to
test the men's large. The manufacturer calls the cut of the HyBridge
jacket "Slim Insulated." There are also three color choices in the
men's model - black, red, and mid grey.
Several tags are sewn into the lower left side seam of the jacket. Use
and care instructions are printed here, and I was surprised to see
that machine washing is allowed, albeit in a front-loading washer
only. The instructions also suggest line drying, no bleach, no
ironing, and no dry cleaning.
Another tag inside the jacket is a quality assurance tag from the Down
Association of Canada, basically certifying that Canada Goose used
good quality down. A hang-tag accompanying the jacket gave a little
more detail on the meaning. Basically, it's a certification of origin
(Canada, from Feather Industries), a statement that it's
hypo-allergenic and lab tested and exceeds Canadian and international
standards for cleanliness.
Canada Goose offers a lifetime warranty against defects in material
and workmanship for all of their garments. Like many manufacturers,
they don't cover damage from wear and tear, negligence, and the like.
They process their warranty work through the original retailer.
I was super excited when the HyBridge jacket showed up. I immediately
unpacked the jacket and pulled it on, only to discover that it was a
little tighter than I expected. I'm used to technical clothing being a
little slimmer in cut, but this felt a bit too slim. Taking the jacket
off, I realized I was wearing a size medium, not the large that I had
requested. After a little more investigation, I noticed that the
packing slip indicated a large jacket being packed, and the outer
plastic wrap that covered the jacket had a sticker that indicated a
size large, but the jacket inside that plastic was a medium, as
indicated by the sewn-in tag, the hang tag, and how poorly it fit me.
At this point I was pretty disappointed, as I was planning a
backpacking trip the very next weekend with temperature forecasts well
below freezing, even during the day. It would have been the perfect
situation in which to try out the HyBridge. I called the customer
service number on the Canada Goose website, and was answered by a
machine that indicated higher than normal call volumes due to the
holiday season. I was then transferred to a voice mail box, where I
left a message summarizing my situation.
A day or two later I also sent an email to Canada Goose customer
service via a form on their website. I got a prompt reply within a few
hours from a real person that indicated that I should manage my return
through the retailer from whom I purchased the jacket. Seems
reasonable, but due to the fact that I received this jacket through
BackpackGearTest.org, I had to use some alternate channels to get the
Outside of the sizing issue, however, I'm still really excited about
this jacket. I even contemplated taking the size medium with me on my
trip, but I didn't want to unfairly evaluate a jacket that wasn't my
size. I also didn't want to use a jacket in the field that I would
likely be exchanging for size.
Thankfully, I did wind up receiving a replacement just in time to take
the correct size large with me on my trip, so I'll be able to include
that experience in my field report that I'll post in a few months.
The quality and construction of the jacket is top notch. All seams are
finished well, and stitching is even throughout the jacket. I was
particularly interested in seams where the down portions and the
softshell portions meet, and these seams are really professional as
I would like to thank Canada Goose and BackpackGearTest.org for the
opportunity to test the HyBridge jacket.
You've written a superb initial report. Your description of the jacket is thorough and easy to follow, and you do a great job of illustrating the jacket's features with your photos. No edits! Please upload at your convenience.
All set. Thanks for the kind words. Hope you had a nice holiday break.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "ernie.elkins" <ernie.elkins@...> wrote:
> You've written a superb initial report. Your description of the jacket is thorough and easy to follow, and you do a great job of illustrating the jacket's features with your photos. No edits! Please upload at your convenience.