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Almost three years ago now, Patagonia was called out by the animal welfare organization Four Paws for using down obtained from the live plucking of geese. This "scandal" has since propelled the entire outdoor industry to move towards a more ethical and traceable down supply. For some brands however, this is not enough. Coleman recently announced they are completely dropping down from their product line as they see no way to ethically procure the raw material.
Almost every outdoor brand has made or is making the move towards water-repellent down in one form or another. L.L.Bean has teamed up with down supplier Down Decor to use their water-resistant DownTek treated down in a line of ultralight down jackets and coats. I have been wearing the Ultralight 850 Down Jacket non-stop this winter for everything from cold rainy walks with Lola to ice climbing in Montana and Colorado.
One of the products we were given to test at the Columbia Sportswear media event last year was the Powerfly Down Jacket. Lined with Omni-Heat Thermal Reflective technology, this down jacket is extremely packable, lightweight, and warm, causing me to practically live in it last winter.
During Outdoor Retailer this winter, I purchased a Rab Microlight Down Jacket at one of the booth sales. I had never worn Rab before, but heard good things about the company's lightweight down gear. Built for high-alpine conditions, the Microlight Down Jacket would prove to be useful in a variety of conditions and activities over the winter season.