Snowbee Nivalis Down Jacket - Collar Model - Dark Olive
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Manufacturer code: 11936C | Our code: 131029
Snowbee Nivalis Down Jacket - Collar Model. Designed as a general purpose leisure jacket, where a hood is not required, but equally suitable as a mid-layer garment under a waterproof outer shell, which does have a hood. Built to the same, exacting standards as the original Nivalis with the same style and technology built-in!
Snowbee's new Nivalis Down Jackets are without doubt, the most technical garment Snowbee have ever made! This was proved when it won the Best New Clothing Award at EFTTEX 2018!
For many years, mountaineers and polar explorers have relied on the unparalleled lightweight insulation properties of natural feather down to keep them warm in extreme conditions. The problem, however, is that down loses most of its thermal properties as soon as it gets wet. Many manufacturers have tried to avoid this by either treating the outer shell with a DWR finish, or using feather down with a hydrophobic treatment to repel water and prevent clumping. Both methods have their limitations... so Snowbee put the down in totally waterproof pockets to protect it. Problem solved!
The new high-tech Nivalis Down jacket features a totally unique construction technique – an internal and external 3-layer laminated fabric, using hidden, internal stitching to form the down pockets. This means there is no external stitch-line to allow water to penetrate. The down pockets are formed using 2 layers of double-knitted Tricot and then protected, inside and out, with a TPU waterproof membrane, so the down remains 100% dry. The outer shell is a woven micro-fibre polyester fabric with DWR treatment, so rain-drops ‘bead-up’ and run off the surface. Inside, there is a superlight woven polyester lining, with peachskin finish, for comfort.
The natural down filling contains 90% duck-down, 10% feathers and uses a fill power of 700 for total warmth, while the waterproof membrane has a hydrostatic pressure resistance (waterproofness) of 5000mm to keep you dry and also provides total wind resistance. The main front zip and the two side hand-warmer pockets use waterproof zips. Inside the jacket there are two deep pouch pockets at the bottom, for mobiles, wallets etc. For complete weather protection, there are Velcro adjustable, elasticated cuffs and two internal bottom hem adjusters with ‘toggle-loks’.
Review by Garry Mckay
Love this jacket; the quality fit finish and innovation are all right up there.Not had chance to test it in the wet yet one of the reasons I bought it was for the water resistance but I can say its super comfortable light weight and warm.