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Hi-Tec Timaru Down Hoodie and Cloud Chaser Shell – Review

Brrrrrr! Is it cold where you are?

Winter has certainly arrived in Moab. Even though we don’t have any snow the temps have dropped. This is the time of year that it takes everything that I have to get outside for some fresh air. I get cold so easily that the thought of stepping out into the cold is very unappealing.

Now that I have this fancy Timaru Down Hoodie from Hi-Tec it certainly is more bearable to get outside in the cold. Normally I have to layer and layer and layer and layer to stay warm but with the 700 fill down in the jacket I stay warm with just a couple layers.

The hood certainly helps during windy days when your ears are about to freeze off and the draw cord at the the hem helps keep your body heat from escaping and prevent air from sneaking it’s way in. The pockets have a nice soft fabric that helps keep your hands warm and zippers are provided so you don’t lose anything.

The down feathers in the jacket are individually dyed and with the silicone coated transparent fabric you are able to see each feather, giving it a fun and stylish look. The fit of the jacket is great but I do wish  Hi-Tec made their apparel in x-small. The small fits but is a bit roomy.

I wore the Timaru Down Hoodie during a camping trip back in October to the La Sal mountains. It rained, snowed and hailed on us, yet I didn’t get wet. Although the jacket is not waterproof it is quite water resistant. The jacket also packs well. It doesn’t come with a stuff sack but you can stuff it into a small ball for traveling.

This is definitely a great winter jacket.




Looking for a waterproof jacket that is lightweight, breathable and fit for a woman?

Here you go… I found it for you!

It’s the Cloud Chaser Shell from Hi-Tec.

I love this jacket during the rainy and snowy season. You stay completely dry even in a down pour.

You don’t get sweaty and sticky like non-breathable jackets and the pit zips provide nice ventilation.

The hood kept me dry but it kept sliding back. I realized I had to cinch it down around my head and then it stayed put.

I like the velcro straps around the wrist and the large handwarmer pockets. There is also a nice sized chest pocket.

The Cloud Chaser is streamlined so you don’t look frumpy in it. No one wants to look frumpy, right?

It’s definitely one of my favorite jackets that goes on every trip with me. There is absolutely nothing bad to say about this jacket. Like I said earlier though, I do wish Hi-Tec made it in an x-small.





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