The Chulu is a synthetic insulated top, with a midweight fill made from 50% recycled materials. The cut is fairly simple with no hood, and only a slight drop at the rear to cover your backside as you move. The medium-weight insulation gives it versatility, allowing it to be used as a windproof insulating outer layer, or a mid-layer under a waterproof shell when the weather’s wet and cold. Having said that, it isn’t quite as breathable as some – noticeably so when used as a mid-layer during heavy exertion. And the water-repellent DWR coating isn’t the best, saturating fairly swiftly in rain. On the plus side, the face-fabric is pleasant to the touch, with a matte surface and not too much rustle when moving. A good option as a town jacket, too.
Insulation: Primaloft® Eco
Women’s version available: Yes
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