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When I received my new Nangpala Hooded Down Jacket, I was surprised by how small it was. I brought the jacket on a nine-day backpacking trip during cold, rainy Adirondack fall weather and was greatly impressed by the jacket¡¯s warmth to size ratio. Weighing only 14.1 ounces, the Nangpala is filled with PrimaLoft Gold 750 insulation, a blend of 70 percent 750 fill-power (read: very high quality) water-repellent goose down and 30 percent fine, hydrophobic PermaLoft fibers. The result is a lightweight, warm, jacket that performs extremely well when wet.
According to Sherpa, the blend ¡°absorbs water ten times slower than 100 percent down, dries four times faster than 100 percent down, and has the ability to retain 95 percent of its warmth even when wet¡±. My experience backpacking with the jacket seemed to substantiate those impressive claims.
I tend to hike warm, so while on the trail I wore my BloqUV 24/7 shirt as a base-layer, occasionally with a rain jacket if the weather was particularly harsh. Every time I stopped for a break the Nangpala was my go-to layer that I would toss on to retain heat. The temperature was typically in the 30s or 40s during the day and usually I could wear just my base-layer and the jacket for 20-30 minutes without feeling cold. The jacket¡¯s adjustable hood was is a particularly great feature that helps to retain a lot of body heat. On most fall backpacking and hiking trips I tend to use a neck warmer, but the hood rendered the one that I brought unnecessary.