Men's Brooks Down Sweater
800 FILL 37.5 ACTIVE DOWN
Men's Brooks Down Sweater Details
- Midlayer or Insulated Outerwear
- True to Size: Purchase your normal size
- 37.5 DownTek insulation - 800-fill power, 37.5-enhanced down fights off wetting of down clusters while also regulating body heat and moisture inside the jacket
- Advanced downproof, nylon shell repels snow/rain and blocks wind
- Center-front Vislon #8482 zipper resists snagging and provides easy operation with gloved hands
- Articulated fit for enhanced range-of-motion
- Innovative, reach-up arm design utilizes underarm baffling to prevent the jacket from riding up when arms are raised
- Drop-tail hem provides added coverage to prevent drafts when glassing
- Superlight, single-pull adjustable Turret Hood
- Two hand pockets
- Two interior stash pockets
How It's Built
- Material: 37.5 DownTek
- Cut: Athletic
- Primary Uses:
- Spot & Stalk
- Weight: 10.9oz.
Where to Use
- Temperature Range:
- Below 20F
- 20F - 45F
- 45F - 60F
I have been very happy with this jacket. I’ve used it in the Rockies and in the SE in temps ranging from around 50 to 25 deg. It blocks the wind very well, but doesn’t make you overheat when moving. It works well as an outer layer and is also small enough to be a mid layer if needed. It packs extremely small and can fit into a pant cargo pocket. I have used it for tree stand hunting, stalking, etc. It does make some noise, but that has been a nonissue so far.
The hardest part about writing the review is choosing which item I wanted to write a review about. This stuff is great! It has been more packable than any other insulation I have warn and the whole system keeps me warmer than anything I have warn. Very impressed with everything’s versatility to meet the needs for a wide range of environments!
Wore this in September in Wyoming all the way through November in Colorado. Packs down great and is a perfect insulation layer. I was wearing still hunting the dark timber in October too. I love the solid colors, definitely makes it easier to justify the expense to my wife if I can wear it out of the house without being “that guy” in camo at the grocery store.
I wear this in every activity I do! It is lightweight and packable but warm when you need it and a nice layer when you just need something more than a T shirt. It is a great fit so I could honestly throw on a bulky coat over it if needed. Have worn it in a snowstorm that temps went to 20 degrees and was just fine in that and First Lite T shirt. Also, blocks the wind like a champ!
Fit: I am very athletic fit and wear an XL in most every T shirt. I can wear a large but it would fit tighter to my body than I would like. I ordered an XL in this and it is perfect! Fit close but doesn’t hug my body and is still slim and sleek. Great product.
Was out for CO 2nd rifle and experienced everything the Rockies could throw at us in terms of temps from -20(air temp) to 40s and everything in between. Layered up with Firstlite thermals in their midweight, heavyweight, a hoodie and just this jacket I was actually sweating in negative temps. Even in the 30s with high winds just the midweight thermal a hoodie and this jacket and was unbelievably warm! Blocks wind very well and for as lightweight amf thin as it is the warmth is unbelievable. Worth every penny!
Wore the Brooks Jacket as part of my clothing system on my recent CO 1st rifle season elk hunt. I'm 5'8" and 170 lbs. Medium fits great. I used the kiln hoody as a baselayer and wore the Brooks as an insulating layer. I also had the Vapor for keeping out any wind/precipitation. I was surprised as how comfy the Brooks was even with my pack on and how well it kept me warm even when my kiln hoody was soaked with sweat. It was the perfect layer to have for the mornings and evenings. I found myself only taking it off when I absolutely had to. When I had to bust thru a tangle of old bushes/brush it was also up to the challenge - not a single puncture or tear... I even slept with it on when temps dipped into the single digits. Incredible warmth-to-weight ratio. I consider it a must have for UL backpacking hunts. I will be wearing it for whitetail season here in KY as well - just because it is so warm and comfortable. Happy hunting out there. Cheers.
I wear my Ash Grey Brookes Down Sweater for multiple occasions: I've worn it under my raingear for a cold (mid 30s) 13 hour bear hunt and stayed plenty warm all day with a base layer and t-shirt underneath. For below freezing, long sits, I like to pack this with my First Lite Sanctuary jacket and bibs on my walk to the stand and put on once to the stand. The Brooks Down Sweater in conjunction with the Sanctuary set-up is incredibly warm and if you want to last all day in below freezing temps, that is the combo to use! A great casual/winter jacket option, too, as I also wear it to work most days. I'm 6'1" and 220pounds, former college football player and the XL is perfect for me. The cut around the shoulders is perfect for raising arms to draw bow or use your optics. Enough room to layer underneath and its so compactable that putting layers on top is a breeze, too. Huge fan of this item, along with the Sanctuary set.
I've had the Brooks Down Sweater for a while now and have used it under a variety of conditions. I recently spent 5 days in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in northern Minnesota. This was an essential layer. The daytime highs were in the 50's and the lows were in the 20's. At night I would use merino wool long underwear, this sweater over the merino and top it off with the Corrugate jacket - no issues. Once it was time to call it a night, I wore this layer while sleeping under my sleeping quilt and the long tail protected my kidneys and lower back from any drafts while tossing and turning.
Back home here in Tennessee I wore this on a canoe camping trip that was misty, drizzly and damp. The sweater did a great job of pilling up the moisture - it did not soak through even while paddling through drizzle and it breathed very well so that I didn't sweat while paddling.
I had my doubts about down + moisture - but the marketing hype is not hype - it's straight talk. Between 50 degrees and 20 degrees - this is my go to layer.
Had the catalyst system with furnace base for the last three years and was ready to sell it all due to being unhappy with it. This jacket changed all of that. If you guys are looking for a piece that will be great for an outter in mid season and the perfect layer in the late season look no further. Love this jacket
This piece is always on or in the pack. Best weight to warmth ratio of all hunting gear I own. Perfect jacket for early season morning and evening glassing or an awesome layering piece. Another home run from the crew at first lite