The North Ridge Hybrid Spirit goose down jacket was one of the first down jackets I ever used and for the price, I was pleasantly surprised. So, why this particular down jacket?
Why the North Ridge Hybrid Spirit?
This jacket was gifted to me a few years back and I used it on the South Downs Way, while travelling arounf Asia and then on myEverest Base Camp Trek and it kept me warm while also being really packable.
How did it do?
I did need a base layer as well as a mid-layer underneath most of the time, especially when temperatures dropped in the Himalayas. But it was incredibly comfy and well fitted for my frame. I’m 5’7″ with a 37″ chest and it was a really good fit. The front pockets were a good size and the material was smooth. The specs say that it’s hydrophobic down with a water repellent finish on the shell, but this thing is in no way waterproof and I found in humid conditions, while the down held up well it still soaked up a lot of moisture from the air.
Why don’t you use it now?
I actually lost this jacket, I think I left it in the boot of a rental car, but it never showed up. I enjoyed wearing it so it was a shame, but after this one, I picked up a Trespass Rustler down puffy in the sale, but it wasn’t quite as good.
Value for money
At just £70 for a down jacket, that’s a bit of a bargain and it’s of good quality. You’ll find it difficult to find a down jacket like this at this price.
- Durability 60% 60%
- Comfort 90% 90%
- Quality 80% 80%
- Warmth to weight ratio 50% 50%
- Value for money 80% 80%
- Highly packable
- Reasonably priced
- Not very down-proof
- Lower warmth to weight ratio
- Not as water resistent as stated
150g 750 fill power Hydrophobic Down
DWR water repellent
- 2 x front pockets
- 1 x hood
- Adjustable hood with peak
- Drop Tail
- Water repellent shell