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The boy's packable down jacket by Triple Star (sold at Costco) features down and feather filling with a hood. It is super-light and ultra-warm. The Triple Star down jacket features two external zippered pockets and two internal open pockets. Available in multiple colors.
Size: Boy's XL (14/16)
Shell Material: Nylon
Lining Material: Nylon
Hood Fill: Polyester
Main Fill: 80% Down & 20% Waterfoul Feather
Weight: 12.4 oz. (351.5 g)
Initial Thoughts (09/06/11):
I am always looking for bargain technical clothing and was lucky my wife came across the Triple Star packable down hooded jacket during a shopping trip at Costco. I have never heard of the brand nor is there any information online about Triple Star. I assume it is privately labeled exclusively for Costco. $30 for a down jacket is a great buy, especially a lightweight model with a hood and stuff sack. It appears perfectly suited as an insulating layer during the shoulder seasons or for climbing the Pacific Northwest volcanoes. It is only available in boy's sizing, but the XL size is comparable to a men's small to medium and fits me great (not too short in the arms like a typical XL boys garment would be).
The shell and lining feel like untreated lightweight nylon. The stitching is decent, but I doubt it would hold up to abuse. As an insulating layer, I suspect it will hold up fine. There were a couple of jackets in the store with down stuck in a seam or two, but overall the jackets don't appear to leak any down. The hood has an elasticized hem (non-adjustable) as well as the sleeves and bottom of the jacket (also non-adjustable). I find them to be perfect for my frame. The Triple Star down jacket feels warm, but the real test will come on a future climb.
Initial Field Test (11/20/11):
I had the opportunity to test the Triple Star Down jacket on a snow camping trip to Shellrock Creek. The temperature was around 30°F with snow on the ground and no wind. I wore the jacket over my mid-weight base layer and was remarkably warm while remaining stationary. I found the jacket very comfortable and liked how the hood fit without needing any adjustment toggles.
While walking around, the jacket became too warm and I had to unzip it. The pockets work very well for warming cold hands. I noticed instant warmth when using the pockets. The only downfall I have found so far is that the Triple Star Down jacket leaks a little bit of down (inside and outside). I only noticed a few feathers, so I am not worried about it at this point.
See Shellrock Creek adventure where the Triple Star Packable Down Hooded Jacket was used.
Extended Field Testing (09/15/12):
After using the Triple Star packable down hooded jacket for over a year, I am still very impressed with its value. I take it with me on every climbing trip. It provides an extra insulating layer when conditions get really cold. It has held up very well and looks the same as when it was new. My only complaint is that it leaks a little bit of down, but many down garments do. I love how small it packs down and how well if lofts up when wearing. Costco has a new 800 fill down jacket in men's sizing this year for over twice the price. It doesn't even have half the loft as my Triple Star jacket.
I highly recommend the Costco Triple Star packable down hooded jacket for anyone who can fit into it (children and smaller adults). It is a fantastic insulating layer underneath a hardshell jacket (for rain/snow/wind protection).