If you don’t want a hood then the Patagonia Fitz Roy down jacket is a good choice. It makes use of recycled polyester so in theory it is better for the environment than others as it keeps pop bottles and worn garments out of landfill. It has a reasonable amount of down insulation inside so it feels pretty warm, although perhaps not quite as warm as some lower-priced jackets. The front zip gets an anti-snag strip inside that also helps keep draughts out. Brushed polyester lines the neck to make this very comfortable next to the skin. The two pockets also get a microfleece lining, again for that added ‘Mmm’ factor. This is a very comfortable piece of kit that is warm enough for the milder winter days, and yet it’s comfy and stylish enough to wear off the hill. But there is no hood, so you’ll need a pretty well-insulated hat if you want to stay warm on a mountain summit in this. Also the cuffs are not adjustable. There are warmer jackets here, but this is warmer than the really light jackets too, so it is middle of the league table in terms of insulation.
Outer 100% recycled polyester ripstop with DWR
Inner 100% recycled polyester ripstop
Insulation 700 fill power down
Sizes S-XXL (men’s); XS-XL (women’s)
Weight 526g (men’s L)
Made in China
Stores in the UK no info provided
The Patagonia Fitz Roy is an environmentally friendly jacket that is good on and off the hill, if you don’t need a hood and can avoid the coldest of conditions.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine February 2011