Why We Chose The Black Diamond Approach Down Hoody: Warm, packable, eco-friendly
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Gram-for-gram, there is probably no more useful or versatile piece of outdoor kit than a lightweight down jacket. The team over at Black Diamond evidently understands that perfectly, since with the Approach Down Hoody they’ve designed a jacket that offers plenty of warmth plus all the essential features you need in a tiny, lightweight package.
Importantly, however, it’s also made with the environment in mind, thanks to eco-friendly construction inside and out. Take the face fabric, for example, which is an ultralight ripstop nylon shell that uses an environmentally friendly, PFC-free durable water repellent (DWR) coating. Black Diamond partnered with textile innovators Green Theme International for this initiative, adopting their Breathable Water Protection Technology – claimed to be superior in performance and substantially more durable than other DWRs. The 7D x 10D fabric itself is pretty robust too. You probably could shred it if you really tried hard, but overall it has decent tear-strength and strikes a good balance between weight and durability, which is perfect for a lightweight layer like this.
“Gram-for-gram, there is probably no more useful or versatile piece of outdoor kit than a lightweight down jacket.”
Housed between the shell and lining is premium 800-fill power down insulation, which is certified by the Responsible Down Standard. That means the down and feathers inside the jacket come from geese which have been humanely treated, with a traceable supply chain from farm to finished product. The down itself has also been treated with Black Diamond’s HyperDRY process to resist moisture, helping to counter the age-old drawback of all down clothing – that when it gets wet, it ain’t very warm.