Last year, Eddie Bauer released Thindown, an innovative down insulation that arranges feathers in fabric-like sheets rather than loose clusters. Thindown, which debuted in the EverTherm jacket, eliminates the need for down jackets to use baffles and in turn, disposes of stitching and the cold spots it creates. Long story short, the new fluff helped Eddie Bauer make a down jacket that was lighter and warmer.
This year, Eddie Bauer continued the development of Thindown with a new down jacket called the BC EverTherm. The jacket’s evolution goes back further than Thindown though; years ago, Seth Waterfall, a member of Eddie Bauer’s First Ascent athlete development team, approached the group with the idea to make a waterproof, down-filled hardshell jacket and was met with eye rolls. It would be too heavy, and down clusters are useless once they get damp.
Thindown allows the BC EverTherm to clear those hurdles; it’s lighter, and its down sheets are treated with DWR. “It’s as close as I’ve seen to the best ski shell, belay jacket, do-it-all working person’s mountain jacket,” says Waterfall, who played a crucial role in its ultimate design and tested it during climbs of Mt. Rainier and other peaks in the Cascades.
The BC EverTherm was designed with those high-alpine environments in mind, but its functions apply wherever winter weather may vary unpredictably between snow and rain (like, for instance, New York City). And even though the jacket is brand new for this fall, you can get it today for 50 percent off — that’s $250 — when you use the code SPECIAL at checkout.
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