Brooks-Range Mountaineering Hybrid Down Sweater ReviewApril 19, 2017
- Technical features
- Insulated collar
- Baffle stitch weakness
- Fit under arms
The Brooks-Range Mountaineering Hybrid Down Sweater was one of the top performers in the test, providing the warmth and technical features required for all forms of cold-weather adventures. There were however signs of stitch weakness, and it's the most expensive jacket tested.
The Brooks-Range Mountaineering Hybrid Down Sweater was the warmest jacket in our test. The combination of 800 fill down, Polartec® Power Sheild®, and fleece lining on the interior back panel makes this an ideal mid-layer for high alpine environments and fast summit bids.
Fit & Comfort
Tested in a men’s medium, the jacket is noticeably constricting under the arms. Its lack of bulk helps it fit under parkas and shells. It finishes just beyond the hips and is adjustable via dual waistline cinches. The Hybrid Down Sweater’s insulated collar comfortably wraps the neck and its chin guard prevents skin contact.
Brooks-Range Mountaineering’s Hybrid Down Sweater has a host of winter-ready features, including water-repellent DownTek®, PolarTech® PowerSheild®, waist-line drawcords, fleece-lined hand warmer pockets, and a fleece-lined interior back panel. It has two interior pockets, an insulated collar, and zipper garages throughout.
During testing, down leaked at stitch joints under both arms and in the front baffles at the edge of the pockets. The zippers and shell material held up well during testing.
The Brooks-Range Mountaineering Hybrid Down Sweater weighs 13.2 ounces. The difference between my test and the company’s 12.9 ounce claim may be the interior stretch pocket included in my sample, a feature not advertised on the company’s website. Despite the goose down, I wasn’t able to pack it much smaller than the size of a volleyball.
Insulation: 800 Fill Goose Down with DownTek®
Exterior Shell: 10d Nylon with DWR, Polartech® PowerSheild®
Interior Lining: 10d Nylon, PolarTech® Fleece
Guide, writer, Truckee local, pub trivia host, and inventor of TripTarp®, Craig Rowe is the Gear Institute's chief stove and insulated jacket tester.