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’ve always used a synthetic layering jacket like this from Patagonia, but always wanted a down version. I sold outerwear for 20 years in the ski industry knowing down has a far superior comfort range than synthetics, however it was just in theory for me. Santa delivered a little spending cash and I finally went for it, and I “Got myself something real nice Clark!” Should have done this year’s ago, however I’m glad I held out for the First Lite. Colorado ski town living, damn cold lows, super warm highs. And it’s true, this jackets comfort range is impressive. Keeps me warm stomping around at -10, yet walk in the office and I’m super comfortable not overheating because of the breathabilty. I bought this jacket already jonesing for next years archery season. I didn’t realize I’d be wearing it every day till then. Simply put I love it and I’m glad I finally went for it.
Like many other reviews, I was sceptical when I first put my hands on the Brooks. It's not "puffy", does'nt seem to have any "loft", and is way too light weight and thin to be worthwhile. The day after i bought it North Texas turned solid white with a rare heavy snow (26 degrees with 10-25 mph north winds and a 16 degree wind chill factor). I boldly, dawned a Wick LS crew, Klamath quuarter zip, and my new Brooks to spend three hours feeding cows. The high winds didnt phase the Brooks! I was comfortable and able to move with ease the entire time. I'm 6'2" 195 lbs and was worried about sizing. Im on the border of medium and large on many First Lite products and have made several exchanges due to sizing. This is the first "true to size" First Lite outer layer I have received. I love my Cirrus, but the Brooks fills a new gap! You won't regret it.
I bought this due to a recommendation from one of the guys I spoke with on the phone. I explained that I live in Southeast Alaska and wanted a versatile, lightweight solution for backpack hunting (mainly sheep). This thing is awesome. It's been -20 and I'll throw this on over a t-shirt to go shovel the deck off or wear around running errands. Definitely would use it as an internal insulation layer for hunting applications in cold weather, but I think it does very well in temps lower than the recommended temp range. It breathes well, it's super lightweight and packable. Maybe Alaska has warped my perception of what "cold" is and I'm using it in temps lower than most people would, but there's no doubt that this little 11oz down sweater overperforms and is worth every penny. I love it. I want one in every color. Kudos to the FL folks for this great piece of gear. Glad I trusted the recommendation and gave it a go. Very pleased with it.
I was unsure of what exactly the application would be for this piece at initial roll out, but after using for a variety of situations, I am convinced that the Brooks may very well be the most versatile insulation jacket. Alone, I have worn it into the low 50 degree range. As an insulation layer, it has been worn into the single digits. I was also confused on the name, using the word "Sweater". It makes perfect sense now; use it in any application where you may otherwise opt for......a sweater.. Genius
Looks can be deceiving in terms of this Brooks Down Sweater. When I first received it, I had my doubts as to how warm the jacket would be. The jacket is very thin and extremely lightweight. However, either the construction or the real down really make this jacket actually pretty warm. I have tested wearing this jacket just with a t-shirt underneath on sub freezing days a number of times hiking, both with minimal wind, and it has proven itself to be quite warm. In fact, I think the jacket is actually a bit warmer than the First Lite Catalyst softshell, which is one of my favorite pieces. The jacket seems to have a consistent reliable regulated warmth. If the wind is blowing hard or if you are stationary in a stand and just wearing this jacket without much or any insulating layers, you will probably get chilly. However, active hunting or adding good insulating layers--this jacket would work. The Brooks Sweater also works as an insulating layer, for instance under the Catalyst or even under the Solitude to make it extra warm. It is a puffy jacket, so will not be as durable as a soft shell and will definitely get torn up if going through thorns or brush. The fit for me works very well, it is not tight but is form fitting, which I think helps with heat retention. The hood is really well designed and really envelopes your head to keep you warm. Finally., the jacket also looks good and could be worn around town. Very well made and designed for hunters. Another hit from First Lite and much improved over the previous Cirrus jacket.