Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Big Agnes Shovelhead Down Jacket - Review

"Hey, Nice Jacket!"  That is what Luke hears all the time when wearing the Big Agnes Shovelhead Down Jacket.  The Review begins now!

Big Agnes Shoveled Down Jacket Review


Links :

Amazon :

Big Agnes :

There is a men’s an women’s version

Colors : Black and Gray, Blue and Chestnut and Pumpkin

Sizes: Small to Xlarge

Price : $250

Mid-weight hooded down jackets with a straight cut

700 fill power DownTek™ water repellent down

Insotect Flow™ vertical baffles contour to your body to provide a more comfortable fit and keep you warmer

Flow Gates™ eliminate down shifting to keep uniform insulation coverage

Lightweight nylon rip-stop shell is wind and water resistant

Adjustable drawcord hood closure keeps the weather out

Main zipper includes interior no-draft flap and a zipper garage at chin

Adjustable drawcord at hem seals out wind

Thumb holes make layering easy and eliminate the gap between sleeve and glove

Two zippered hand-warmer pockets with zipper garages

Large interior mesh pockets for extra stash space

Interior chest pocket doubles as a stuff sack

Textured zipper pulls are easy to use with gloves

Fill weight size Large - 6.5oz/ 184g

Jacket weight, size small - 15.9oz/ Basically 1lbs

This jacket is simply awesome!

Extremely warm for the weight.

Not bulky.

Athletic fit.

I can wear this down to roughly 25 degrees without any other layers other than a t-shirt.

I like the color combination and the design of this jacket is aggressive.  Typically with down jackets you have the baffles that go horizontally.  With the vertical baffles you retain more heat and have less cool spots.

This is a pricey jacket but it’s a great jacket.  The downtek needs to be explained a bit as I have seen some rather strange reviews for this online.  Some apparently believe that this jacket is waterproof because of the downtek but that isn’t the case.  It’s water repellant, not waterproof.  This isn’t a rain jacket.  It isn’t made to keep you dry in a wet snow.  In other words it will soak through.  The zipper are not waterproof.

What downtek does is this; it will keep you warm in moist, wet conditions.  Light weight snow.  Fine.  Light sprinkle.  Fine.  Fog, fine.

Rain, no.  Wet snow, no.


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  2. I just received mine today (chestnut/pumpkin). I noticed that the sides of my hand pocket zippers are in chestnut color just like on your video but it was supposed to be a pumpkin color just like they advertised in Big Agnes official website? I emailed Big Agnes customer service and asked to get the jacket that was initially advertised. I love the jacket don't get me wrong but I expected to get the jacket with matching pumpkin color hand zippers like the one they advertised. It might not be a big deal for some people but for the price of it, I expect to get the same one they advertise.

  3. Hey there Adventuro, that is pretty strange my friend.
    Keep me posted on what Big Agnes does to correct the issue.
    - Luke