Stratus Down Hoodie - Outpost Blue
Our state-of-the-art, technical,
goose down mid-layer hoodie.
The Stratus Goose Down Hoodie has the most state-of-the-art technical features, design details, and is made with premium materials through out. PDW is committed to offering the best goose down hooded jacket in its class. The most amount of premium, hydrophobic down fill, the latest in lightweight, stretch performance fabrics, ample EDC-friendly pockets, and numerous other fine details all characterize the top tier standing of the Stratus.
Why water repellant goose down? Wet and soaked down kills the ability of this premium natural insulating material to loft and trap warm air, rendering it completely useless. PDW uses our own Goose DownTek™, a clean chemistry treatment process for goose down to keep it 27 times drier than without. This means our treated goose down is able to retain its loft, trap warm air and keep you insulated even in damp/wet conditions. Superior performance from nature's most efficient insulator.
The core of every down jacket is the fill. PDW uses 850 fill power down fill, which sits squarely in the excellent range when it comes to quality. Simply put, this means that you have an excellent, high degree of loft for less weight and maximum insulating properties. Surrounding our premium down fill, is our state-of-the-art 20D stretch nylon shell; light, durable and features innovative, stitchless baffles. That translates to minimal bulk and superior freedom of movement.
Until recently, down-proof shell fabrics with stretch were not possible. This is where you couldn't have stretch and not have an unacceptable degree of down clusters working their way through the fabric weave. Using the industry's most advanced CNC textile milling machines, the latest in lightweight, down-proof, stretch shell fabrics were developed, and used in our Stratus Hoodies. Other details include using the industry's best YKK zippers and of course smartly placed pockets, which characterize all of PDW's apparel designs.
We can't help but always look for ways to improve our designs. In addition to several new colors, we added the much loved and useful inside stash pockets, which come in handy for storing gloves, beanies, energy bars, to keeping your personal electronic devices' batteries warm in frigid weather. We actually now feature a total of 6 handy, EDC-friendly pockets in our Stratus Hoodie.
In keeping with our beliefs for humane treatment, RDS Certified means ethically harvested down and best practices used in animal welfare according to established international standards.
Extending the usefulness of our Stratus even further, we designed an integrated camp pillow feature into the jacket. By simply turning either one of the hand pockets inside out and stuffing the jacket inside, you can convert this into a handy camp pillow. Perfect for backpacking and mountaineering. And for a final little extra, we also include an extra brushed tricot stuff sack that can also convert the Stratus into a travel neck pillow.
On average, PDW apparel is designed and made to last a minimum of 5 seasons. Durability, high level function, performance and less waste are integral to PDW's product mission. While actual mileage is highly subjective and based on an individual's use and lifestyle, we strive to build goods to last, beyond the industry's typical life cycle standards, and we do not subscribe to wasteful "fast fashion" or disposable consumerism.
PDW is committed to working with the world's best partner factories in the making of our goods. Whether here at home in the States, or beyond to vetted, top tier partners across the globe. Our commitment means that we can deliver the best-made goods we can to our customers.
This is a legit great coat. It’s “puffier” than I expected but weighs nothing and looks like it will pack down small as well. The zipper is a bit fussy but once you know what to do then it’s fine. The interior pockets that were added are great, although they feel like an afterthought and are very loose. All in all a great coat.
- excellent quality
- all the characteristics are right
- the measurements of the size are correct
- very good value for money
I guess I should have researched little better. After two months of not being able to decide which jacket to buy, i went with this one.
After wearing it for a month I have no complaints other than the zipper can be a little finicky at times. The design is great. It's lightweight, comfortable and is plenty warm for what i use it for.
But it's made in China. I didn't realize until I was reading the instructions for washing. Lame as hell. I understand thats why the price is what it is. "Designed in California, made in China". To a red blooded 5th generation Montanan them are fightin words"
Probably won't buy anything else from this company unless they offer something made in America. I'm happy with the coat. Its just waaaaay less awesome than I thought it was.
In many instances and the realistic truth of the matter, some products are excellently made in ChiNAH...and for a much better price to pass down to the end consumer. Would you be willing to spend twice as much for a USA made version of the Stratus? And for us on the flipside, would then invite all the cries of, 'Oh you guys are sooo expensive!..' Would you be willing to spend twice as much on a US made smartphone? All projections point to a minimum of $2,000 for a US made version. Sure we would love to make all of our goods in the USA. It's simply not a feasible path, starting in the 1990s under the Bush administration, which saw a huge off-shoring of American manufacturing, especially in the outdoor industry.
If you can get enough US consumers willing to pay on average twice as much retail for the same goods to be made here, then we would probably be more willing to produce here...if we can even find the factories to do so, which have become very few and far inbetween. And no, we're not anywhere big enough to capitalize our own factories here.
As a small American business, we do what we can in the USA. But no, we can't make everything here, as much as we would love to.
But, pls by all means, support us in buying our US made goods, which there are many on our site. Cheers!
Great buy for cold weather climate and for traveling between cities and outdoors. But wish the sleeve cuffs were tighter. And had a synch on the hoodie to tighten it down
I have worn this for normal winter use, and it has been great. I bought it with travel in mind as it is so light and packable. The real test came this past week when I have had to venture out several times into a blizzard for 30-60 minutes at a time for some critical work. The temps were -15 to -20 and the wind chill (20mph-50mph winds/gusts) was -30 to -48 degrees. I wore a 1/4 zip wool pullover and this coat. Amazingly, this coat protected me from the temps and wind chill. I know other people's experience may vary given a number of personal factors, but for the price vs the value, this coat is the best layering coat I have ever used, and I have had a number of them over the years from a number of top tier manufacturers.
The only change I would make is with the zipper pulls, I struggled to find and manipulate then with the glove system I had to employ. I would love for them to offer as an add on, larger zipper pulls that could be attached and detached depending on mission or circumstances. My plan is to fashion something in the meantime.