Brooks Range Mojave Down Jacket ReviewFebruary 10, 2013
- Water-repellant down—dries much faster than regular down
- Very light for its warmth and compressibility
- One of the warmest jackets in the test
- Good value
- Zipper pull doesn't work well
With a rack of down jackets to choose from, this was the one we reached for the most. It all came down to the weight. This is a super warm jacket, but it doesn't have a weight penalty, and with the water-resistant down and great fit, it comes at a very fair value for its price.
$300 is about average for a decent down jacket, but Mojave is not decent—it’s great. It’s like $450 worth of warmth and weight savings with a $300 price tag.
The water repellant and anti-microbial down felt toasty (with just a T-shirt) down to 15 degrees Fahrenheit. For its weight, that’s impressive. Compared with other jackets in our test, it was not quite as toasty as the Marmot Greenland, but was warmer than the B’Layman.
The fit was right on. Our medium-sized sample never left skin exposed on reaches. I’m an athletic guy and the cut allowed me unrestricted movement with a shell, mid and base-layer on, with little dead air space.
Weighing in at just one pound, it has the weight of a down sweater—very impressive given the warmth.
The only thing that bugged me about this stellar jacket is the pull cord on the main zip: it’s stretchy. Tug on it and the zipper barely budges. I know it sounds weird, but little things count. I had to use the metal tag, rather than the fob (pull string), which precluded me from zipping this jacket with gloves on – not insignificant in winter situations. An easy fix, no doubt, but an annoyance on such a great jacket. The fleece lined outside pockets are a nice touch and the helmet compatible hood also cinches tight for sleeping or for keeping it out of the way when not in use.