IR Isis Slipstream Jacket - Katie Montovan
- Dear Mystery Monitor,
Here is my initial report for the ISIS Slipstream Jacket. I look forward to your edits! I will be away until Jan. 2 so I will make changes when I return home.
ISIS Slipstream Jacket
Test Series by Kathryn Montovan
INITIAL REPORT: December 29, 2012
Name: Kathryn Montovan
Location: Groton, New York USA
Height: 5' 5" (1.65 m)
Weight: 150 lb (68 kg)
I have been backpacking, climbing, kayaking, canoeing and winter
camping for over 10 years. My excursions are mostly weekend and
occasionally weeklong backpacking and kayaking trips in the wooded
and often wet, rolling terrain of western New York. I usually tarp
camp with a small to large group and love to cook fun and delicious
foods on my trips. In general, I strive for a compact and light pack
and value well-made and durable gear.
Product Information and Specifications:
Year of Manufacture: 2012
Manufacturer's Website: www.isisforwomen.com<http://www.isisforwomen.com/>
Model: Slipstream Jacket
Color: Vixon. Current colors include: Dusk, Vista, Emerald, and Grape
Materials: 1.3 oz. anti-static ripstop polyester w/DWR (Durable Water Repellant) finish shell; 800-fill goose down; riptstop polyester lining
Size: 8 (Sizes 4 - 14 available)
Listed Weight: Not listed
Measured Weight: 14.4 oz (408 g)
MSRP: $229 US
The ISIS Slipstream jacket is a lightweight down jacket with
a durable water repellent shell fabric. The collar is lined with a soft
synthetic fabric. There is a sturdy loop under the tags for hanging the
jacket on a hook.
The zipper works smoothly and is nicely protected by the "no-snag draft
flap." The ribbon that is sewn onto the draft flap makes it stiffer and
smoother and so far has been truly no-snag. It is a delightful detail
that is decorative and very functional. At the top is a "zipper garage"
which is basically the draft flap folded over to protect the chin from
getting snagged by the zipper (not visible in the pictures). Near the
top of the zipper is an elastic loop which I have been unable to find a
purpose for (visible in the left photo).
The jacket has a nice shape, which tapers in at the waist and is a great
length (even for my long torso). The variable-width one-to-two inch wavy
baffles are attractive and look like they will keep the down in place
through extended use.
There is a mesh zippered pocket on the inside of the jacket. The pink
snowflake in the photo has a hole in the center which is plenty large
enough to accommodate by headphone cord for an MP3 player. This is a
nice feature which does not add much weight or bulk, and which it
unobtrusive (almost unnoticeable) when not in use.
At the base of the jacket in the hem is an elastic drawcord with a
toggle at both side seams. The way the toggle is constructed there is
flexibility in where the jacket is tightened (back, left front or right
Slipstream Jacket has elastic cuffs on the sleeves that gently tighten
the sleeve around the wrist. They are loose enough that I didn't
initially notice them, but tight enough to prevent most drafts from
going up my sleeves.
The following care instructions are printed on the liner of the
* Secure all Velcro and zippers
* Machine wash in warm water with a mild detergent using the gentle
* Use mild detergent
* Do not use bleach or fabric softeners
* Tumble dry low with clean tennis balls to fluff up the down
* Do not iron
* Do not dry clean
This is a very nice, lightweight jacket and has been designed with great
attention to the small details. It is a flattering style with a nice fit
and a good length (both aesthetically, and for active outdoor use). When
it first arrived I was a little surprised by how thin and bright the
jacket is. Online photos of this jacket don't always capture how pink it
is, but I have quickly come to love the color. It is bright and visible
in the snow or deep woods, which is something that I like in outdoor
clothing for safety reasons. My other down jacket is at least four times
as thick as the Slipstream Jacket, but I think that the two have a
similar level of warmth. I imagine that this comes from the combination
of the 800-fill goose down, the shell and liner fabrics.
All the seams look well-constructed and do not have any noticeable
defects. The one problem that I found was that when I first received the
jacket there were several feathers poking out of the baffle stitching. I
pulled these out and have not seen any more since. I will keep an eye
out throughout the test for more feather loss.
Trying It Out
It was snowing when this jacket arrived and I promptly headed out to a
local trail to do an initial test of the jacket. It was about 30 F (-1
C), and I was toasty in just the slipstream and a wicking t-shirt. Later
that night I wore the Slipstream jacket while I shoveled in a heavy snow
storm. It kept me very warm with only a t-shirt underneath despite a
strong wind and temperatures around 15 F (-10 C). I did have to go back
in for a scarf/neck gator because the collar is not snug enough to keep
my neck warm in inclement weather.
When I came in from shoveling, my hat and scarf were covered in snow and
the jacket was covered in beaded up melted snowflakes. It looked like
they had melted from my body heat while I was outside but that the water
repellent shell fabric was repelling the water and keeping me warm and dry.
This is a surprisingly warm jacket for its thickness and weight. It is
attractively designed and fits great. I can see it becoming a favorite
jacket/layer for all my cold weather adventures. I am excited to put
this jacket to the test in all the cold conditions I encounter over the
next few months. I will pay particular attention to its durability,
functionality, warmth, and water repelling capacity throughout the test.
Thank you to ISIS and BackpackGearTest.org for the opportunity to test
the Slipstream Jacket. Check back in March to find out more about how
the this jacket has performed on a variety of wintry backcountry adventures.