Monday, January 7, 2019

Tactical Distributors Down Range Hooded Jacket 2.1 - Review

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This is the jacket that everyone has been asking about;
The Tactical Distributors Down Range Hooded 2.1 Jacket!
Is it worthy?  Absolutely!


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Price : $120

Weight : Medium Size : 1lb 2.4oz

Sizes : Small – 2x Large

Colors : Gunmetal Gray, Ranger Green and I believe there is a black version but I haven’t seen that one for sale.

In designing our all-new hooded TD Down Range Jacket, Tactical Distributors set out to create that perfect piece for your mid-layer and outerwear needs in our highly coveted down fabric technology: Heat Sealed Baffling.  This innovative construction helps to eliminate down migration that occurs from traditional quilting methods.  Our latest upgraded version features an array of convenient EDC compatible features like deep side pockets with stealth interior dump pouches and an easy-access chest pocket with com/music ports.  With 3 colorways to choose from, we hope you enjoy making this particular jacket a key part of your cold weather kit essentials to keep you warm every time.

600 Fill Power Down Insulation

Innovative Bonded Baffle Technology

Lightweight & Packable (11oz in pouch)

Stuff Sack Included For Easy Storage

Attached Hood with Peripheral Drawcord Adjustment

Elasticized Binding at Cuff, Bottom Hem, and Hood Openings

Zippered Hand Pockets

Zippered Chest pocket with Interior Sound Port

Interior Stash Pockets

Note : This jacket isn’t waterproof but can be washed with a water repellent treatment if you wish to go through the trouble.  I would suggest skipping that and going with a shell in wet weather as you really don’t want to get down we as a general rule.

Note : There is a version of this jacket that doesn’t have a hood.

Review :
Pros :

Thick but not too puffy.

Warm and can take me into the 30’s with just a t-shirt on underneath.  At that point I will add an sweater or merino long sleeve and I’m good into the low 20’s easy.  Of course, your mileage will vary as every is different when it comes to comfort and temps.  I run hot in general and I’m usually in shorts even in the winter months.

Wind resistant



Good fit/ flattering fit

Cool design which has gotten a lot of attention from the viewers as I have received many questions about it when it is seen in my videos.

It is fitted and if you are muscular you will likely want to go up in a size.

No issues with down coming through that I have noticed.  Down Loss will happen eventually as that is the nature of down but it’s a very low rate with my use so far.

Cons :

Hood is poorly adjustable and is uncomfortable. Draw cord is on the inside of the hood and pulls directly to your skin and it will have to be fit to fit correctly which makes it uncomfortable.

Needs an additional adjustment for the top of the hood.

Summary :

As far as negatives go, there isn’t much to complain about with this jacket, it checks all of the right boxes and the price is excellent for what you are getting.  Down jackets can be pricey and for a jacket that performs and looks as good as this one, I readily recommend it.


  1. hey luke,, i here we got some more white stuff comming in this weekend,, got any thing special plan for it..

  2. Luke and Suzy! Thanks so much for the time and effort you put into the channel;you've really helped me get my gear together. I just received the TD Down Range Jacket 2.1(hoodless) today, it fits and feels great. Over the last few months I've picked up the Surviveware Large First Aid Kit, the Catoma EBNS and the Fjallraven Greenland Jacket(used $80!). Can't wait to sleep under the stars with good gear. Thanks again.

  3. Thanks for doing the video on this jacket, Luke. Nice jacket, looks cool except for the "alien-head-shaped hood. What was the company thinking?! I will opt for the hoodless version. Great price, too. I think that a TD vs Outdoor Vitals video would be a waste of your valuable time. I have numerous hooded jackets but I've found that a shemagh and Under Armor beanie always work for me. The green color looks pretty cool.

  4. Luke, those large inside pockets can hold the large hand/body warmers on super frosty days.