‘Haglöfs Mimic does just that, emulating the look and feel of down, but with better wet weather performance though it’s not quite as light or as warm as the real thing’
Outdoors Magic: Down-like feel and looks, medium warm, distinctive styling, nice fit, Pertex outer, PFC-free DWR, decent wet performance
Outdoors Tragic: Under-arm fleece inserts reduce wind proofing but improve mobility. Micro baffled efficiency questionable. No hood.
Outdoors Grabbit? A synthetic jacket that looks uncannily like a a skinny-baffled down one. It provides light to medium level warmth, has a neat cut and while it’s not tiny packing, it’s not huge either. The big plus is that if the fill gets damp it retains more of its loft compared to even water-resistant down. A classic synthetic jacket design might actually be more efficient in terms of insulation, but then again, it won’t look anything like as cool as the Mimic. This one has no hood, but there’s also a hooded version if you prefer. Underarm fleece panels trade a little wind proofing for some added mobility.
Essens Mimic Jacket Ratings
Synthetic micro-baffled insulated jacket / QuadFusion™ Mimic synthetic fill / 30D Pertex Microlight® shell fabric with PFC-free DWR / Polartec® Powerstretch® shoulder inserts / stitch-through construction / twin hand-warmer pockets / single zipped chest-pocket / elasticated hem and cuffs /
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