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Best Microdown jacket
on February 21, 2014
So I took the time to look at the competition (North Face Thunder micro, Mountain Hardware Ghost Whisperer, and Patagonia Ultralight) before I bought this jacket. If you want to know the differences read on below. To put it in a quick sentence why to get the quasar. If you live in a drier cold climate and want the best fitting, best looking jacket, with the highest quality and amount of down fill....this is your jacket.
Fit: It is just a tad longer than the others which prevents any unwanted drafts. For those with tall torsos like me, this was a deal clincher. Loft: This is the only jacket with 900 fill. The others are 800 to 850 and usually have less down in weight. So in essence your getting more and higher quality insulation, at a similar cost in a microdown jacket. Quality: The stitching is top quality. The thickness of the ripstop nylon is just right. The 7d nylon on the Mountain Hardware feels so paper thin and fragile. Other have mentioned how they think the MH zippers are too small. I concur. I'll take the extra 1-2 ounces in weight and have less fear that I'm going to destroy my jacket on some inadvertent object. Function: I tried them all and I can't tell a difference in weight. They are all light and feel like you are wearing a warm layer of air. On a single digit windy ski day, I just wear a base layer, fleece vest, my quasar, and a gore tech shell and I'm comfortable. Looks/ergonomics: It's all personal but I think this looks the best. The North Face is to box shaped and puffy in the arms, the Patagonia looks like you're wearing a bunch of pleats, and the mountain hardware is the best of the three but the shoulder baffles are less appealing than those of the Marmot. I also like having the chest pocket. Mountain hardware doesn't have it.
Consider the MH if every ounce matters to you. Be wary of the quality of their lighter material though. MH and North Face tout their DWR treated down. If I lived in a wet climate, I would think twice about buying down in the first place. We also don't know how the DWR is going to affect the long term performance of the loft of the down.