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Brooks-Range Mountaineering Hybrid Down Sweater

- published April 2017

87

2017

RATINGS

Fit & Comfort
6
Warmth
9
Features
9
Quality
5
Weight
8
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
87

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THE GOOD

  • Warmth
  • Weight
  • Technical features
  • Insulated collar

THE BAD

  • Baffle stitch weakness
  • Expensive
  • Fit under arms

THE VERDICT

The Brooks-Range Mountaineering Hybrid Down Sweater was one of the top performers in the test, providing the warmth and technical features required for all forms of cold-weather adventures. There were however signs of stitch weakness, and it's the most expensive jacket tested.

FULL REVIEW

Warmth
The Brooks-Range Mountaineering Hybrid Down Sweater was the warmest jacket in our test. The combination of 800 fill down, Polartec® Power Sheild®, and fleece lining on the interior back panel makes this an ideal mid-layer for high alpine environments and fast summit bids.

Fit & Comfort
Tested in a men's medium, the jacket is noticeably constricting under the arms. Its lack of bulk helps it fit under parkas and shells. It finishes just beyond the hips and is adjustable via dual waistline cinches. The Hybrid Down Sweater's insulated collar comfortably wraps the neck and its chin guard prevents skin contact.

Features
Brooks-Range Mountaineering's Hybrid Down Sweater has a host of winter-ready features, including water-repellent DownTek®, PolarTech® PowerSheild®, waist-line drawcords, fleece-lined hand warmer pockets, and a fleece-lined interior back panel. It has two interior pockets, an insulated collar, and zipper garages throughout. 

Quality
During testing, down leaked at stitch joints under both arms and in the front baffles at the edge of the pockets. The zippers and shell material held up well during testing.

Weight
The Brooks-Range Mountaineering Hybrid Down Sweater weighs 13.2 ounces. The difference between my test and the company's 12.9 ounce claim may be the interior stretch pocket included in my sample, a feature not advertised on the company's website. Despite the goose down, I wasn’t able to pack it much smaller than the size of a volleyball. 

Additional Specs
Insulation: 800 Fill Goose Down with DownTek®
Exterior Shell: 10d Nylon with DWR, Polartech® PowerSheild® 
Interior Lining: 10d Nylon, PolarTech® Fleece 

How We Tested It

The jackets in this test were used for several months during the burly 2016-17 Sierra Nevada winter throughout the Tahoe basin. They were tested in a number of activities, including sunny hikes, shoveling snow, full-moon snowshoe hikes, and under a shell during a few powder days.

For more reviews beyind this 2017 test, check out our Best Active Insulation Jacket Test, our softshell jacket tests, as well as our other related hiking gear tests

The products featured in this test have been loaned to the Gear Institute. For more on our policies regarding editorial objectivity and sample returns, see here.

About the Author

Craig Rowe

Craig Rowe

Craig is a backpacking guide, copywriter, occasional climber, sometime surfer and fair-weather snowboarder. He went to NOLS, Leaves No Trace, and lives in Truckee, CA. He also invented TripTarp.

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MSRP
LOW PRICE
$279.95
Support Gear Institute. If you make a purchase after clicking on the links above, a portion of the sale helps support this site.

RATINGS

Fit & Comfort
6
Warmth
9
Features
9
Quality
5
Weight
8
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
87

Weight

13.2 oz

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