The lightest down jackets for hiking! – YETI’s Ace, Cirrus and Strato jackets


Hello everyone and welcome for this new Gear Insights. Today we are here to tell you about our insulation jackets. We asked Yeti to equip us in our quest of getting the best and lightest equipment for this adventure and today we will tell you a bit about our two Yeti jackets. First, let us tell you that Yeti has not paid us. We contacted Yeti before the trip because we wanted to equip ourselves with their gear. What makes such a big difference! One of the reason why we picked our partners is their ethics. and on that side Yeti I think is kind of an example. Everything is built in Europe, only with clean and ethical products. They are proud of using the finest down you can find. Everything is traceable and they respect animals. Of course our needs were a bit different depending on the seasons. You can imagine with all our equipment: electronics, video, photography, our packs are heavy. Therefore we really looked for what could be at the same time, extralight, to have a good warmth-to-weight ratio and to be resistant. We also needed something very compact and not bulky that we can pack in our bags easily. That was pretty much what we needed! We were actually looking for the best system that could be layered. It is something that people are more and more considering: the base layer, mid-layer, insulation layer. For all the warm moments, that we will call “summer”, we decided to take in our packs the Strato and the Cirrus jackets. With the Strato and the Cirrus, Yeti won consecutively two awards in the Outdoor Industry. It is Yeti’s lightest possible jacket! It is only 150 grams. It packes in a very very small size. Its warmth-to-weight ratio is quite crazy. The jacket can be packed in one of the two large pockets. The down is water repellent, without PFC, what is really nice, and we use it a lot on the night at the camps, for all the passive moments in which we don’t hike. the fabric is extremely light and we believe that it would be a big weak to carry a 25 kilograms pack. But when we need to do so, we add on the top a hardshell to be sure not to damage the jacket. For the mid-season, we use actually another jacket: the Ace jacket In both men and women versions. This jacket is a bit more heavy, it is 420 grams in the medium size version. You can imagine, it is a lot warmer. The down is 800+ European. This is one of our preferred pieces of equipment. The hood is just adjustable in 3 ways to have a perfectly tight and wind free insulation on the head. We love the elastic cups on the sleeves and the elastic at the waist, making the jacket able to keep you warm even when it’s windy. Inside the jacket, the compartments are made with an H construction. This makes a huge difference when it’s windy and we love it! We believe that it’s a very well-balanced jacket for the weight of fleece. This is so much warmer! For the winter, we are just planning on cumulating both of the jackets using the Strato as the first insulation layer and the Ace on the top. We will be able to be warm in the worth weathers with crazy temperatures and whenever we need to do so we can add on the top a windbreaker jacket or a rain jacket. It is faster to dry, you can also in the winter use one of the jacket and keep the other one for safety measures in your pack. We try to wash them with down respectful products. Once in a while we make again the water repellent treatment. You can put it in the dryer with cold air and tennis balls for example. This will give back to the jacket its best fluffiness and make it like new again. If you have any questions, feel free in the comments and see you soon for another Gear Insights guys!

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