LTR - ISIS Slipstream Jacket - Katie Montovan
- Hi Derek,
Here is my LTR for the ISIS Slipstream Jacket. I have posted the html to the test folder (url: http://tinyurl.com/mxgrtv3).
Thanks for your edits and I am sorry that this report is late. I graduated last weekend and had family in town and defend my dissertation in a week and this totally slipped through the cracks with everything else going on.
ISIS Slipstream Jacket
Test Series by Kathryn Montovan
INITIAL REPORT: December 29, 2012
FIELD REPORT: March 26, 2012
LONG TERM REPORT: May 31, 2012
Long Term Report
Field Conditions: a 2-night car camping trip in the western Adirondacks
(near Lowville, NY). Daytime temperatures were around 60 F (16 C) with
nighttime temperatures getting down to 38 F (3 C). There was no rain on
I have not used this jacket as much during this phase of the test
because it has, for the most part, been too warm to need it. Any time it
dips below 40 F (4 C), I find reasons to wear it, but otherwise it is
too warm for me to comfortably wear this jacket if I am being at all
Trip performance: The ISIS slipstream performed beautifully on my trip.
In the evening when I was starting to get chilly I put it on and was
comfortably warm until it was time for bed. It packed well into a stuff
sack, and worked well as a blanket for the dog at night (which is the
usual nighttime fate of my down jackets). Overall I was pleased with its
Washing according to the manufacturers directions: I closed all zippers
and washed the jacket in my top-load washer on gentle, with warm water
and a mild detergent. Then I dried the jacket on low with 4 wool dryer
balls (which perform the same function as the recommended clean tennis
balls). It came out clean and fluffed and the only mishap was some
additional feathers caught in the seams half-way out. The jacket has
worked well since washing with no significant changes in any of the
features due to washing.
Durability: The ISIS Slipstream has held up extremely well to 4 months
of testing. The early portion of this test involved 2.5 months of daily
use in varied conditions, with very little noticeable wear on the
jacket. There were a few times that I snagged the jacket on a thorn or
stick and was afraid that I had caused damage, but found that in all of
these cases I was unable to find the hole or snag in the fabric. The
fabric is durable and help up to my abuse throughout this test. The
baffle seams were a little less durable, with minor problems with
escaping feathers through the seams and some problems with a couple of
baffle seams starting to come out (see picture above). I tied off these
seams by hand and did not have further problems with them.
* Soft interior fabric
* Incredible warmth in a non-bulky jacket
* Color and decorative touches (wavy baffle lines, pretty zipper
pulls, contrasting zipper-protector flap)
* Style and fit
* Durable water repellent finish
* Occasional loose feathers through the seams
* Zipper occasionally catches on the zipper-protector.
I love this jacket! When I camp (in seasons other than the hot part of
summer), I usually bring along a poofy down jacket for extra warmth in
the late evening. This jacket is far nicer than the other two down
jackets I have owned because it's cut keeps it close to my body, the
jacket and collar linings are very nice and soft, it is incredibly warm,
and it packs relatively small and is not bulky. In addition, I can wear
it confidently in moist conditions without fear of the feathers getting
wet. My only complaint about this jacket is the loss of feathers through
the baffle seams. The fabric and side seams do a good job at keeping the
feathers in, but somehow the baffle construction made large enough holes
for the feathers to sneak out. This was a minor issue throughout the
test. Overall, the ISIS slipstream is a great jacket that makes me look
forward to times when I get to sit outside in the cold (which is not
something I can say about many things).
Thank you to ISIS and BackoackGearTest.org for the opportunity to test
the Slipstream Jacket.
Thanks for your support on this test series. Only a minor recommendation. Please do the necessary clean-up and have a great week!
> I usually bring along a poofy down jacket for extra warmthEdit: My spellcheck flagged "poofy", although the jargon is probably accepted today. I might recommend "puffy" but it's your call.