IR - ISIS Slipstream Jacket - Gail
- Hi Mystery Monitor,
Here is my IR for the ISIS Slipstream Jacket. Thanks in advance for the edits. Gail
Gail Staisil, Marquette, Michigan
Initial Report -
January 3, 2013
January 3, 2013
Name: Gail Staisil
Height:5' 9" (1.75 m)
Weight:152 lb (69 kg)
2001 AT yahoo DOT com
the last 20
years, backpacking has become a passion. I am a four-season backpacker
and an off-trail navigator. Although
I do take yearly trips to the American West or Southwest, the majority
of my trips are in Michigan and Canada.My pack weight varies considerably but my base weight is below 18 lb
(8 kg). I am primarily a tarp camper who averages more than 50 nights a
year backpacking in a huge variety of weather conditions including
relentless rain, wet snow and sub-zero temps.
(Also available in Dusk, Vista, Emerald and Grape)
14 (Sizes 4-14 available)
Weight 15 oz (425 g)
Model Year 2012
MSRP $229.00 US
and Product Description
Slipstream Jacket arrived in the requested size and color. ISIS is a
manufacturer of women's clothing so their products are truly
designed with different types of women's bodies in mind. The jacket was
mostly perfect in construction with one outstanding piece of looped
thread on the front of the jacket. I have not snipped this thread yet
as I have yet to determine where its origins are (do not want it to unravel).
checked the sizing information for the Slipstream Jacket, I decided to
request a bigger size than normal. I really emphasize that
manufacturer's charts vary widely so it is important to read them. I
was truly on the border of the largest two sizes (according to the
manufacturer's size chart) so I went with the roomiest. I was not
disappointed. I often wear an insulated jacket such as the Slipstream
over a couple of layers so I wanted to be sure to accommodate that
preference. That said the jacket looks great over one, two or three
layers. I have worn it every day since it's arrival and have been
completely comfortable and warm no matter what I wear underneath.
As a side note, I did receive the jacket in my requested color of
Vixen. That is often a hard color to photograph and the jacket is much
more pink than I would have guessed by looking at the color on the website. I still
Design and Technical
The Slipstream Jacket
is a hood-less 800-fill power down jacket that is very light weight and
is easy to compress for packing. The shell of the jacket is fabricated
with 1.3 oz 100 percent anti-static polyester. This tightly-woven
ripstop fabric lessens the chance of down escaping and helps in wind
resistance. In addition it is coated with a durable water-resistant
finish (DWR) to fend off light precipitation. The down fill is placed
between waves of stitching in an attractive design that renders it very
stylish. The wave pattern changes direction often and is figure
flattering. Princess seaming adds to the shape of the jacket.
There are two attractive logos on the jacket (one is on a sleeve and
the other near the bottom hem). These logos respectively feature the
company name and the company's logo. The inside of the jacket is lined
with a gray-colored soft nylon material.
Jacket has a number of features that should be noted. First, there are
two side pockets with invisible zippers that don't detract from the
design. Each zipper has a clear-color rubberized pull tag with a tiny
snowflake or star in the center of the tag. These tags are non-slippery
and have been easy to use so far.
Each pocket is roomy enough to stash
a pair of gloves or assorted small objects like keys, phone, etc. There
is one internal pocket that is fabricated with mesh. The roomy pocket
has a zippered opening plus a snowflake-shaped portal for earphones. This pocket can certainly hold an extra hat if desired.
The jacket features a full-length zipper ending with a zipper cover
the top end. The zipper is flanked by a reportedly snag-free draft
closure. The draft closure has a snowflake-patterned ribbon sewn the
length of it to give it some structure. The zipper itself has a nice
clear-color pull with an ISIS logo inside. There is also an elasticized
loop sewn into the inside edge of the zipper. I can only speculate that
it might be used to further direct an earphone cord or similar.
The top of the jacket features a tall collar that is lined with a
velvety material. The collar is approximately 3 in (7.6 cm) high and covers my neck effectively.
I really appreciate the length of the jacket at approximately 27
inches (69 cm). The length gives sufficient coverage to my backside to keep the
cold at bay. There are also two drawcord adjustments with toggles on
the internal bottom edge if I want to make the jacket snug against my body.
Washing instructions are printed in the inside of the jacket. It can be
machine washed on a gentle cycle with mild soap and then tumble dry.
The use of bleach, fabric softeners, dry cleaning or ironing are not
recommended. ISIS products
are warranted to the original purchaser against defects in materials or
workmanship for the
life of the product according to the manufacturer.
I have already worn
the Slipstream Jacket on a multitude of outings including a sledge-in
rustic cabin trip. I will be reporting on that and much more in the
field report in two months.
length covers assets
inside collar feels great on my neck
to ISIS and BackpackGearTest for this opportunity to test the Slipstream Jacket.This concludes my
Initial Report. The Field Report
this report in approximately two months.
Please check back then for more information.
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