December 14, 2020
Eddie Bauer’s 1000 Fill Jacket Gives MH’s Ghost Whisperer Run For Its Money
Don’t sleep on Eddie Bauer. It might just be where I live and recreate, but I see much less Eddie Bauer on trails than I do REI, Patagonia, Mountain Hardwear, and other outdoor brands. Why? I don’t know, but it might be that Eddie Bauer is associated more in some people’s minds with middle aged comfort than full-on adventure. Just a guess.
But they already make my favorite all-weather winter jacket, the BC Evertherm, a light, waterproof down jacket, and now they’ve made what has become my favorite ultralight, packable, and very warm down hooded jacket, the Centennial Collection MicroTherm 1000.
Stuffed with 1000 fill, Responsible Down Standard (RDS) down, this jacket weighs only 10 ounces and can be packed down to the size of a big grapefruit. The gold standard for absurdly light down jackets, the Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer, which I also love, weighs only 1.2 ounces less, but it isn’t nearly as warm as this Eddie Bauer number. This jacket also doesn’t feel like it will tear merely at the sight of a thorn.
Nighttime temps where I live have dipped into the high 30s recently, and I’m often out and about in just a t-shirt and the 1000-fill jacket. It’s cut a little broader, too, than the Ghost Whisperer, so it fits better over mid layers if you need more insulation.
The jacket boasts big stretch panels over the shoulder blades, which helps the comfy factor as there’s plenty of give and move in the fabric. Other than that, the fancy tech bobbles are limited to three pockets, one of which will act as a stuff sack, of course.
Sure, it’s pricey—$399—but 1000 fill down isn’t always available, and it’s expensive. But that’s why a jacket that weighs only 10 ounces can be this warm.
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– Justin Housman