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CANADA GOOSE HYBRIDGE JACKET WOMEN'S
TEST SERIES BY CHERYL MCMURRAY
INITIAL REPORT: December 23, 2010
FIELD REPORT: March 15, 2011
LONG TERM REPORT: May 17, 2011
Name: Cheryl McMurray
Height: 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Weight: 145 lb (66.6 kg)
Waist: 32 in (81 cm)
Chest: 36 in (91 cm)
Torso Length: 18.5 in (47 cm)
Sleeve Length: 22 in (56 cm) measured from shoulder to wrist
Email Address: cherylmcmurray2ATgmailDOTcom
City, State, Country: Garden Grove, California, U.S.
I've been backpacking and hiking for four years, mostly on weekends year around. Overnight trips are usually long weekend trips in the Eastern Sierras with 32 lb to 40 lb (15 kg to 18 kg) loads depending on the season. One class two rock climb with a day pack is common. Day hikes are 10-15 mi (16 km to 24 km) in the San Gabriel Mountains with loads of 15 lb to 20 lb (7 kg to 9 kg). I'm a tent style camper and have experienced snow, freezing temperatures, high winds, light rain, thunderstorms, but mostly fair weather.
Manufacturer: Canada Goose
Year of manufacture: 2010
Product: Canada Goose HyBridge Jacket Women's
Listed weight: N/A
Weight as delivered: 24 oz (680 g)
Sizes available: 2XS, XS, S, M, L, XL
Size tested: XL
Color tested: Red
Available colors: Black, Hyacinth, Red
Warranty: Fully warranted against defects in material and workmanship
The Canada Goose HyBridge jacket is a softshell jacket with 750 Hutterite white duck down shields to cover gender-specific body areas intended to insulate where it's needed most. Canada Goose has termed this as their Thermal Mapping Technology™. Canadian Hutterite white duck down is from matured ducks and is considered high quality down from Canada. The sleeves, jacket sides and lower portion of the jacket are made with their Polartec Power Shield O2 fabric that is breathable and treated with DWR for water resistance.
Features: (taken from website)
* It is cut longer at the back for more protection from the cold and wind
* There is a storm flap behind the heavy duty front zipper to for wind protection
* There are two hand pockets secured with YKK® reversed coil zipper to offer a place to store belongings
* There is 3M™ Reflective tape around the sleeve cuffs for increased visibility
* Th Brushed tricot lined collar is designed for increased warmth
* The adjustable hem can be pulled in tight to seal out cold and wind
* The elbows are articulated for greater movement
* The internal stretchable pocket accommodates a cell phone or MP3 player
* The recessed stretch cuffs offer comfort and warmth
Fabric: (taken from website)
Shell: Softshell Shell – 310gsm, 80% Polyester/20% Nylon Polartec® Power Shield® O˛ with wicking properties and treated with a DWR finish. Lightweight Shell – 36gsm, Lightweight 20D 100% Nylon Fancy Ripstop with a DWR finish.
Lining: 62gsm, 40D 100% recycled Polyester down proof plain weave treated with a DWR finish.
The jacket arrived in the size and color I requested along with one hang tag specific for the HyBridge Jacket technology and another tag for Canada Goose Jackets, both in English and French. I chose the XL women's size since the jacket is considered a slim fit so I thought I should go one size larger. When I tried it on, it fit perfectly with room for a long sleeve baselayer and fleece pullover underneath. The color is attractive and very visible with two reflective strips on both lower sleeve areas and an attractive Canada Goose patch on the left upper sleeve area. The tags inside the jacket include the Downmark Quality Assurance tag (indicating high quality down materials), material information, washing instructions and a Canada Goose label.
The quality of the sewing seems very good with only two uncut threads showing but other than that, neatly finished. The Thermal Mapping Technology consists of lightweight nylon ripstop material filled with the Canadian Hutterrite duck down sewn in with double stitch baffling. It covers the front and back of the body trunk area extending up the front and back of the neck collar. The lower portion of the jacket measuring 3.5 in (9 cm) from the end of the down fill to the bottom of the jacket, jacket sides and sleeves are made of a stretch polyester/nylon with a Polartec Power Shield O2 liner that has a furry look to it. The sleeves also have black recessed stretch cuffs that fit nicely around my wrists and are soft. The inside of the collar has a soft brushed tricot lining but it only extends around the back and sides of the neck. The inside collar front of the neck and chin area have the ripstop nylon material. There is a hang loop inside the jacket along with an inner pocket made of nylon ripstop material measuring 7.75 in x 6.75 in (20 cm x 17 cm) with a single hook and loop closure at the top center of the pocket. The manufacturer states that the inner pocket stretches but I did not find that to be the case. There are two zippered hand pockets that have a nylon lining in the front and tricot lining in the back. The front and hand pocket zippers have zipper pulls and the front zipper features a two-way zipper which I really like on jackets for venting.
The jacket weighing in at 24 oz (680 g) does not come with a stuff sack but I was able to roll it up, securing it with a strap. If this jacket will take the place of a soft shell plus a down jacket, the size and weight will not be too bad. There is a grab strap on the upper back of the jacket but hopefully that will never get any use. The jacket also features a hem adjustment on both sides to block out any wind coming up under the jacket.
The washing instructions state to machine wash in cold water using a front loading washer only and to hang dry. The rest of the instructions state that the jacket is not to be used with bleach, ironed, dry cleaned, or placed in a tumble dryer.
TRYING IT OUT
The jacket fits very well and I could immediately feel the warmth of the down shields. It fit well with either a t-shirt on underneath or a baselayer and fleece pullover. The pockets are plenty deep for my whole hand but they go straight in and not down so anything I put in there will need to be zipped in or else I could lose it. The collar zips up nicely around my neck but I would prefer that the tricot lining go all the way around the inner collar, however, the ripstop nylon is surprisingly soft. I extended my arms out simulating the use of trekking poles and the sleeves gave me complete coverage over my wrists instead of riding up. The adjustable lower hem can be adjusted on either or both sides of the jacket with a single pull which I like.
I took a walk for 1 mi (1.6 km) around our neighborhood with a temperature of 56 F and cloudy skies. I wore a short sleeve shirt on underneath as I wanted to see how soft the inner liner of the sleeves felt and it was very soft but I was not surprised. It was not a strenuous walk so I didn't build up a lot of body heat and the jacket was comfortable, kept me warm but not too warm and at one point there was a little wind blowing and didn't feel any of it coming through the jacket. The manufacturer states that the jacket is cut longer in the back for more protection but quite honestly I can't see much of a difference if any between the length of the front and back of the jacket. I used the inner pocket for my music player and that worked well. The articulated elbows seemed to work well as I was able to bend my arms without any pulling or binding in the sleeves.
I then took another 1.5 mi (2.4 km) walk in a steady drizzle to see if the jacket is water resistant as the manufacturer states. I was out in the constant drizzle about 25 min and the droplets beaded up on the complete jacket and I stayed dry underneath. None of the down filling appeared to be affected by the moisture and I was easily able to wipe off the jacket without any moisture getting through.
The HyBridge Jacket is an interesting concept in a softshell jacket with Canadian Hutterite white duck down shields over the front and back of the body trunk and a plush look and feel to the Polartec lining. The jacket appears well made with the use of quality materials and there is attention to detail like the wrist cuffs, inner pocket, two-way front zipper and zippered hand pockets. I look forward to testing the placement of the down to regulate my body warmth in cold weather both in movement and camp situations.
FIELD TEST REPORT
TESTING LOCATIONS AND CONDITIONS
Sunset Peak, San Gabriel Mts, Southern California
Trip Duration: Day hike
Distance: 7 mi (11 km)
Elevation: 4,600 ft (1,400 m) to 5,800 ft (1,800 m)
Temperature: 38 F (3 C) to 50 F (10 C)
Conditions: Clear, calm winds but hiked mostly on a shaded trail
Icehouse Canyon, San Gabriel Mts, Southern California
Trip Duration: Day snow hike
Distance: 7 mi (11 km)
Elevation: 5,000 ft (1,500 m) to 7,800 ft (2,400 m)
Temperature: 25 F (-4 C) to 37 F (3 C)
Conditions: Clear skies, occasionally breezy, first half of the hike in shade
Wellman's Divide, San Jacinto Mts, Southern California
Trip Duration: Day hike snowshoe
Distance: 6.5 mi (10 km)
Elevation: 8,500 ft (2,600 m) to 9,700 ft (3,000 m)
Temperature: 25 F (-4 C) to 46 F (8 C)
Conditions: Clear skies turning cloudy, winds on and off during the day
Mt. Baldy, San Gabriel Mts, Southern California
Trip Duration: Day hike snow climb
Distance: 7 mi (11 km)
Elevation: 6,400 ft (1,950 m) to 10,060 ft (3,050 m)
Temperature: 47 F (8 C) to 70 F (21 C)
Conditions: Sunny, breezy, windy
San Jacinto Mts, Southern California
Trip Duration: 2 day, 1 night backpack
Distance: 4 mi (6 km) backpack, 2 mi (3 km) day hike
Elevation: 8,500 ft (2,600 m) to 9,700 ft (2,950 m)
Temperature: 19 F (-7 C) to 65 F (18 C)
Conditions: Cold, sunny, breezy
Joshua Tree National Park, Southern California
Trip Duration: 2 day car camp
Distance: 8 mi (13 km) day hiking
Elevation: 3,000 ft (900 m)
Temperature: 32 F (0 C) to 50 F (10 C)
Conditions: Windy, night rain, partly sunny during daytime
BODY HEAT REGULATION AND WICKING
The first hike I went on up to Sunset Peak was forecasted at temperatures around 38 F (3 C) but the bulk of the hike was more near 50 F (10 C). I used the jacket with a lightweight base layer underneath for about an hour during the 3.5 hr hike mostly at the beginning in the shaded areas. Although it was acceptable to use if I left the jacket open, it really turned out to be overkill for these conditions unless it got a little breezy which did not happen to often.
The next hike I took was a snow hike that started out with a temperature of 25 F (-4 C) and was shaded for the first 2.5 mi (4 km). I used a midweight base layer underneath. I ended up wearing the jacket all day as it only got up to 37 F (3 C) and had some occasional breezy conditions. After about 2 mi (3 km) of moderate climbing I vented the jacket by zipping the top zipper down and the lower zipper up and wore it that way most of the day. I did feel that the jacket worked well keeping me warm enough when the breeze kicked up and cool enough during the steep portions of the trail. The air conditions changed enough that when I started feeling a little too warm, a breeze would start and immediately bring by body core back to a comfortable temperature. I had lunch at the saddle with some breezes up there so I put a fleece layer over my baselayer under the jacket and was quite comfortable for the 30 minutes that I sat there. I took the fleece layer off for the descent, leaving the jacket vented and it worked well the rest of the day.
The jacket worked the best so far on the Wellman's Divide trip. Although the temperatures resembled the previous snow hike, the winds were stronger and colder. I wore a midweight baselayer underneath and the jacket zipped up most of the day. The snowshoe route was mostly shaded and the temperature hovered around freezing most of the day. The day was a constant flux of calm winds, windy, mostly shaded trail and occasional sun. I had some steep climbing, rolling terrain, and descending. The jacket kept me warm enough that I never felt the need to add another layer but cool enough that I never felt the need to remove it. In fact it really excelled in the conditions I had. I could feel some sweat on my back but it seemed to wick and at no time did the jacket feel damp from sweat on the inside. I never felt the wind coming through the jacket, however, my arms did feel cool at times when the windchill dropped. The placement of the down along with the softshell Polartec really seemed to hit the mark on this outing.
I was not planning on using the jacket during the car camp at Joshua Tree but I was very surprised to find that I wore it almost the whole weekend. When I arrived around noon on Friday, it was sunny and I was sheltered by the wind so the jacket was not needed. The clouds started rolling in around 5 pm, the winds kick up and it started raining. I put on a light fleece over my baselayer, the HyBridge jacket over that and then a waterproof shell over that. Dinner was under some pop-ups that had some tarps for walls so we weren't too exposed but the temperature did drop quite a bit with the wind and rain. I was able to stay comfortable with that layering system and didn't feel that anything else was needed. I was up early in the morning to make my breakfast and again it was cold, windy and started to rain. I was sheltered again under the pop-ups but stayed very comfortable with the layer system I used the night before. The activity that day was navigation in the desert with little elevation change and the sun was out. I decided that the jacket was not needed due to the sun but the winds started and the temperature was in the 50's (13 C) so I decided to put it back on and ended up wearing it the rest of the day. I did regulate my body temperature very well, much to my surprise, even though it really wasn't that cold, however the winds seem to be the secret ingredient.
The backpacking trip was the real test. I took the jacket as a down/softshell jacket replacement. The first time I used the jacket on the trip was later in the day in a shaded area filtering water when the temperature dropped to 41 F (5 C) and I immediately put the jacket on. It went on quickly which was really good and I was able to stay warm in an area that I immediately would have gotten chilled. As soon as I left to head back to camp, the sun was out in many spots and it was uphill all the way. It didn't take long to become a little too warm but after unzipping the jacket to ventilate, I was able to keep it on back to camp. I cleaned up, changed and joined happy hour with a lightweight wool long sleeve baselayer, lightweight fleece and the jacket. The temperature did drop to 34 F (1 C) by 5 pm but I stayed comfortable. The temperature dropped down to 19 F (-7 C) by morning when I got up to cook breakfast. I did sit in my tent vestibule sheltered from the breeze blowing with the same clothing combination as happy hour. Surprisingly enough, I stayed comfortably warm with the aid of some coffee and had no need for another layer. I did a short snowshoe in the morning and the winds were blowing pretty good. Once again, the jacket regulated my body temperature very well whether the wind died down or kicked up, probably due to the shade. I did remove it for my backpack out as the temperature increased, the sun was shining and the winds died down a bit.
I do feel that the storm flap behind the zipper worked well as I never felt the wind come through at that location.
I used the two hand pockets to secure a spare pair of glove liners and also snacks that I needed quick access to. It was nice to have some place to store my food bars to keep them softened for eating when the temperature was at the freezing point. If I needed to keep the food warm, the inner pocket came in handy for that. I always kept the hand pockets zipped so I didn't lose any items out of them.
At one point on the hike to Wellman's Divide when I was sitting having lunch, I was too lazy to put on a fleece layer under the jacket but was starting to feel a little chill at a temperature of 46 F (7 C) in the sun with occasional breezes so I cinched down the adjustable hem and that seemed to do the trick until I was ready to leave. The cuffs also kept any wind from entering the sleeve area.
I never felt the jacket bind in any way and felt that I was able to move freely even on the steep uphills with trekking poles.
EASE OF USE AND STORAGE
The jacket is really easy to put on and take off. The zippers move so easy that I can zip and unzip with just one hand. The only addition I would add is to put a zipper pull on the front lower zipper to make it easier to grab. Although the jacket takes up more room than I'm used to for one jacket, so far it has taken the place of two jackets so I think it evens out in the storage category.
WASHING AND DURABILITY
I washed the jacket after getting home from the Wellman's Divide trip since I was beginning to detect an odor That was probably due to the fact that I only used a baselayer underneath. I followed the instructions and washed it in cold water in my front loading washer. When I took it out, it retained more moisture than I would have liked but that could be in part due to using a lower spin cycle in my washing machine . Since the manufacturer states that the jacket is to be hung dry and not tumble dried, I hung it in my bathroom in direct aim of the heating vent to speed the process. I must admit that I thought this would take a few days to dry with a lot of attention to breaking up the feathers inside. but it really wasn't as high maintenance as I thought it would be. I first turned the jacket inside out and used a towel to pat it down and get as much moisture out as possible. I went back to flip the jacket as the occasional warm air from the vent was only coming from one direction. After the inside felt like it was drying I began drying it with the outside of the jacket out. Over the course of the drying time I did break up the down feathers and shake the jacket occasionally as an attempt to fluff it. I was really pleasantly surprised to see the jacket completely dried after 20 hrs. I put a few drops of water on the jacket to see if it retained it’s water repellency and the water rolled off.
I lost two feathers after the first outing and have only seen a few more come out for the duration of the field test. There is no visible wear on the jacket given that it has been worn under a pack.
THINGS I LIKE
Very good body temperature regulation in varying conditions and temperatures below 47 F (8 C)
Zippers are easy to use with one hand and the two way front zipper
Inner pocket for storing my MP3 player and food that needs to thaw
Hand pockets for my hands in camp or quick glove and food storage
High neck collar that I can tuck my chin into for warmth
Attractive color and design
THINGS I DISLIKE
I'd like to see the tricot lining in the collar go all the way around to the front
I wish the hand pockets angled down for more hand comfort and more secure storage of items
So far the temperatures that I have found this jacket to work very well in is a high of 47 F (8 C) with windy conditions wearing a lightweight baselayer underneath and a low down to 19 F (-7 C) with light breezes adding a lightweight fleece jacket under. It has replaced both a down and soft shell jacket on my outings, is very comfortable to wear and moves freely with my arm and body movements.
LONG TERM REPORTTrip Duration: 3 day, 2 night snow camp
TESTING LOCATIONS AND CONDITIONS
South Lake near Bishop, California, Eastern Sierras
Distance: 2 mi (3 km) backpack, 10 mi (16 km) snowshoe
Elevation: 8,800 ft (2,700 m) to 9,700 ft (3,000 m)
Temperature: 25 F (-4 C) to 32 F (0 C)
Conditions: 30 mph winds with 45 mph gusts, total of 30 in of snowfall
Mt. Baldy, San Gabriel Mts, Southern California
Trip Duration: Day snow climb
Distance: 7 mi (11 km)
Elevation: 6,200 ft (1,900 m) to 10,050 ft (3050 m)
Temperature: 45 F (7 C)
Conditions: 35-40 mph winds
Crafts Peak, San Bernardino Mts, Southern California
Trip Duration: 2 day, 1 night snow camp
Distance: 1.5 mi (2.5 km) backpack, 7 mi (11 km) day hike
Elevation: 7,500 ft (2,300 m)
Temperature: 36 F (2 C) to 45 F (7 C)
LONG TERM USE
The trip to South Lake was when I used the jacket the most and in fact I never took it off until I was in my sleeping bag and then used it as my pillow. I set up my camp in the wind but it had not started snowing yet. I had on my baselayer, light fleece jacket and the HyBridge jacket over that. After setting up camp I needed to let the snow stakes set up before pulling my tent taut and in the meantime it began to snow lightly. I noticed that the material of the jacket was becoming damp so I quickly put my hardshell on. I was a little concerned about the dampness but the down was never affected and it dried very quickly once I was able to get into my tent. I sat inside my tent with the jacket and hardshell on while I boiled water for my hot water bottles and some hot chocolate. Once I was able to close up the vestibule I was able to take the hard shell off and by the time I climbed into my sleeping bag, which was only about 15 min later, the jacket seemed dry. I never felt too warm or cold wearing the jacket up to that point.
The summary of the activities that weekend consisted of shoveling snow drifts away from my tent in 20 mph (32 kph) winds, snowshoeing uphill and down, frequently breaking trail and heading into 45 mph (72 kph) winds with spin drift and snow hitting me in the face. I wore the jacket mostly with my baselayer and light fleece hoody underneath and my hardshell over it to keep it from getting wet from the snow. Once briefly I took off the fleece layer when snowshoeing uphill toward South Lake but had to put it back on as soon as the 45 mph (72 kph) winds hit us. The jacket was always easy to put back on which made it a nice quick change and kept me from getting too cold. I did notice that the jacket was damp under my hardshell after a day's activities from sweat but it continued to insulate. I actually never noticed the dampness until I took my hardshell off. The only time that I started to feel cold all weekend was when we were sitting in a fire pit for our happy hour. No fire, only food. The winds continued to blow and I did start to feel chilled after about 30 min. Dinner was finished so I headed back to my tent and once I got out of the wind, I was fine. I feel that the jacket really excelled on this trip.
The only time that I used the jacket on the Mt Baldy trip was at the top of the bowl when we were suddenly exposed to 45 F (7 C) temperatures and 40 mph (64 kph) winds with spin drift coming off of the summit. I quickly put the jacket on with my baselayer and light fleece hoody underneath. Although I felt like we were heading into the belly of the beast, I stayed warm during our brief photo shoot at the summit. We then headed back down the bowl and as soon and the winds stopped, I became too warm with the jacket on.
On the Crafts Peak trip, I only used the jacket in camp during a breezy dinner with a temperature around 45 F (7 C) and in the morning cooking breakfast with no wind and a temperature of 36 F (2 C). The rest of the trip was too warm to wear the jacket as the sun was shining and I was blocked from most of the winds.
I have worn this jacket 14 days in temperatures between 19 F (-7 C) and 50 F (10 C) with winds. I think the design of the softshell and down is a combination that works very well for body heat regulation with cold temperatures or cool temperatures with windy conditions. The jacket is well made and has shown no wear at all. All of the seams are intact and the zippers are still working like new. The down still lofts very well and baffles look great. The jacket is more versatile than carrying a separate softshell and down jacket and I would say that it fits into that "just right" category for the conditions that I wore it in. I will continue to confidently use this jacket during my winter outings.
This concludes my test series of the Canada Goose HyBridge Jacket. I want to thank Canada Goose and BGT for the opportunity to test this jacket.
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