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Before reviewing any kit I buy, I really like to take it out and use it for an extended period of time for its intended purpose before reviewing it. This allows me to give an honest review of my own experiences. I took the Bergans Sauda Down Jacket around the whole of Norway and Sweden at the start of this year in a trip that truly was an experience of a lifetime. I was practically living in this jacket throughout the trip and relying on it in the Arctic Circle. Even standing for hours watching the aurora borealis up a mountain until gone midnight in Abisko National Park in temperatures lower than -20. This jacket preformed better than I could have expected. Of course you can't just wear a t-shirt under it in those temperatures, you'd obviously wear a number of layers, but it did the job admirably. Without experiencing it yourself, it's very difficult to explain what those temperatures feel like, but wearing a jacket such as this really makes a significant difference to your comfort. I can't fault it, and it does the job, very light (especially useful for long hikes) has underarm zippers to allow heat out to reduce sweating inside the jacket which could later freeze, and deep warm pockets. All of the zippers were sturdy, strong and easy to use with gloves on and didn't cause problems. One issue I did have was that the lining in the hood, when wearing it, it would rustle loudly as it moves against your ears, although this seems minor, if you can't hear your buddy calling for help, or if you have to keep taking the hood off while trying to talk/hear someone, it can cause a number of frustrating problems. For this jacket to have 5/5 stars it would need another lining on the inside of the hood, maybe a cotton one? a hat didn't help the issue at all. the lining would simply rub against that causing the same issue. A complete removal of the inside of the lining or at least attaching the Cotton fabric on the inside to stop it rubbing would be the best in my opinion! Great jackets all in all and highly recommend!
Tom Scandian31st May, 2017