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A good jacket, but may no longer stand up to it's competition...
on October 29, 2014
I have had this Jacket for the last 2 years and it is one of my favorites. I was lucky and found it on sale for $82. I am 5'8" and 190 lbs Athletic Build. I just fit in a medium, granted it is a snug fit, but I prefer the fit to that of a large which tends to be bulky. Last winter I decided to purchase the Hardshell which this zips into, (I can't remember the name of the jacket). And am very happy with the results. We had a very cold winter in NYC last year with temps in single digits and teens. The Denali by itself is great down to around the mid to high 30's. It doesn't do well against wind chill, the addition of the Hyvent outer shell keeps you warm even in low 20's with just a T-shirt on.
This jacket has served me very well over the last few winters, but recently I have gotten into ultralight backpacking and that has shown me that this jacket when considering weight and packability is no longer competitive in today's outerwear market.
In recent years technology has progressed, but the Denali has pretty much stayed the same. The price point has gone up to $180 MSRP, which is only $20 less than the $200 MSRP of the Arcteryx Atom LT.
I recently purchased the Arcteryx Atom LT and I have to say that both jackets are pretty similar in warmth, but the Atom LT certainly trumps the Denali in weight and packability, and also handles wind chill and moisture better due to it's face fabric and DWR finish.
The Denali in Medium weighs 1 lb 7 oz (23 oz) while the Atom LT in large (which is the size one must wear, due to it being cut smaller) weighs in at around 13 oz.
That is a 10 oz difference for essentially the same warmth. The Denali is bulky and will not pack as small and will occupy more space if one is backpacking or if one was traveling and wanted to bring a jacket.
I am pretty sure that the Denali is the more durable of the two. For that reason I would still recommend this product as it will last you many many years. But for purpose of Backpacking, Travel and overall comfort there may be better Jackets out there at this price point.