LTR: ISIS Slipstream Jacket - Gail
- Derek, Here is my LTR for the Slipstream Jacket. Thanks for taking the time to monitor this series. Gail
May 22, 2013
USA Locations and Conditions
During the long term test period I have continued to wear the ISIS
Slipstream Jacket at least four to five times a week including one
overnight backpacking trip. Locations of all
activities ranged from hilly
deciduous forest to open non-deciduous
communities including ice-covered Lake Superior as well as many icy
inland lakes. Elevation ranged from 600 ft (183 m) to almost 2000 ft
(610 m). Locations included backcountry areas in Marquette, Alger and
Houghton Counties (Upper Peninsula of Michigan).
25-26): Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore (Beaver Basin
Type of Trip: Trail/Frozen Lake
Distance: 14 mi (23 km)
Length of Trip: 2 days/1 night
Sled Weight: Approx 45 lb (20.4 kg)
Sky and Air
Precipitation: 0.02 in (0.05
Range: 34 F to
20 F (1 C to -7 C)
During my backcountry winter
camping trip I wore the Slipstream with a wool t-neck underneath and
sometimes with a lighter down sweater over it (the reason the down
sweater was worn over the jacket is that the former is a larger garment
so the combination gave me maximum warmth with little compression of
Cold-to-cool weather has prevailed well into spring here. I cross
country skied, snowshoed and backcountry skied through the first week
of May. Morning temps were often below freezing (32 F/0 C) or just
Slipstream Jacket has been worn to and from the trailhead as well as
for any outing that wasn't highly aerobic. For example on day treks
including all of the aforementioned sports I would start with the
jacket on and then stow it
during the duration of the activity. If it was a long outing I would
pull it out during breaks so that I wouldn't get chilled.
the waterfalls have been especially great with the massive amounts of
melting snow so I have enjoyed many treks into the backcountry to see
there I would always take at least a fifteen minute-to-half hour
break at each
one to enjoy the sounds and sights. The jacket felt very comfy while
fending off the mist from some of the waterfalls.The jacket has also been worn
about town in this highly outdoors community.
Care and Durability
I washed the jacket right at the beginning of the long term period. I
machine washed it and then tumble dried it with a dry bath towel (to
aid in drying) on low. It
came out beautifully even though the areas around the sleeve edges had
been rather soiled. The jacket is still cosmetically beautiful
although there are a few popped stitches due to more than one dog
jumping on me at various times. It made me cringe every time and I am
surprised that there isn't more damage. The zippers still
function as great as ever.
The jacket continued to be exposed to wet weather including sleet and
snow on more than a few occasions. The jacket never got noticeably wet.
My opinion of the Slipstream Jacket since the Field Report has not
changed. I love the length, sleek style, warmth, cozy inner collar and
the durability of the jacket. It will be a standard go-to item for all
the cooler months of the year (which is most of the year here).
Thanks to ISIS and BackpackGearTest for this opportunity to test the Slipstream Jacket. This concludes
my Long Term Report and the test series.
Here are your edits. Great working with you on this series.
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> (Upper Peninsula of Michigan).Edit: Is "upper peninsula" a proper noun? If not, please lowercase.
> of the waterfalls.The jacket has also been wornEDIT: Need a space after the period.
> I washed the jacket right at the beginning of the long term period. IEdit/Comment: Did you use a front-loading or top-loading washing machine? Was it commercial? My question is two-fold: I'm extremely curious because I need to wash some of my down gear but going to a commercial facility is inconvenient. I know some modern washers on log agitation are suppose to be okay with down gear? Besides my own curiosity, I think the readers will want to know too.
> machine washed it and then tumble dried it with a dry bath towel (to
The towel in the dryer is a great tip.