Roxy Down and Ready jacket gear review

Roxy Down and Ready jacket review

The Roxy Down and Ready jacket; photo by Brandon Scherzberg

Convinced I'm part reptile, I struggle to stay warm in the winter months without the warmest of insulting layers—I'm not joking when I say I wear an Everest-grade down jacket from Eddie Bauer's First Ascent line to do my errands (the one worn by guides on the mountain just before they switch to the full-body suit).

So when I tested out the Down and Ready jacket from Roxy's Outdoor Fitness line and failed to find many negative things to say about it, I knew I had a winner on my hands. The 750-fill power duck down jacket is an excellent value for the price and offers a warmth and quality difficult to find under $200.

Roxy Down and Ready jacket in Joshua Tree

Roxy Down and Ready jacket in Joshua Tree; photo by Brandon Scherzberg

What I loved:

• 750-fill power made for an ultra-light jacket with toasty warmth.

• The dropped-back hem and elasticated cuffs and bottom looked feminine while sealing in heat.

• This jacket is water resistant, so it didn't soak up water and get heavy in light precipitation or snowfall.

• Two zippered hand warmer pockets and a secret internal pocket for your phone or iPod.

• Surprising breathability meant my body could regulate temperature well enough that I didn't need to continuously shed and pile on layers.

• After two months of weekly wear, I've yet to see a single feather leak through.

Roxy Down and Ready jacket in Virginia

Roxy Down and Ready jacket in Virginia; photo by Brandon Scherzberg

What I missed:

• This jacket isn't as packable as my other down layers and doesn't have a self-contained packing pocket.

• Because this is more of a "base camp" model, the jacket lacked some technical features I like to have. For example: a bottom zipper for when I'm belaying.

• I think I'm still on team Primaloft.

The verdict:

If you're looking for a highly versatile insulating jacket that looks great while your hiking, skiing, or  just grabbing a beer, the Down and Ready jacket is a great option for the value. Available in Capri blue and black, MSRP $168, roxy.com.

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