Ali Express Down Jacket Review

Brrrrrr. Ned Stark was right – winter is coming! So this week, we thought we’d do a short and sweet review of this Ali Express Down Jacket. We picked this jacket up a few months back, and now that the nights are drawing in it’s been working overtime. So, let’s take a peek.

Ali Express Down Jacket Review
Safe to say that this is a model, and not me! 😉

Overview / Specs

Size

A quick word on sizing here – a lot of companies that sell on Ali Express tend to go with a different sizing model that is aimed more at the Asian market. So you may find that your normal size is too small for something like this. For instance, I usually go for a large when it comes to jackets, but I went for XXL in this case and the jacket fits me perfectly. If in any doubt, you can always message the seller with your particulars and they will work out the right size for you.

One thing we love about this jacket (besides the price!) is the fact it comes with a stuff sack, making it compressible down to 25 x 20 x 10 cm (9.84″ x 7.87″ x 3.93″). Having the jacket in such a small stuff sack makes it easy to sling in your pack for those ‘just in case’ days on the trail!

Weight

Our jacket (an XXL) weighed in at approximately 430 grams / 15.2 ounces, however it’s worth adding a little extra to that if you’re getting a size up. 

Materials

This jacket is made of 90% White Duck Down, with a Nylon / Polyester lining.

The lack of any waterproofing on the exterior means you’d definitely want to keep this jacket out of the rain. If it gets wet, it’s likely to lose its insulating power – so it’s best to see this as a warmth layer first and foremost. I usually take a waterproof shell with me on the trail that I can put over the top of a down jacket like this, to make sure I’m covered for both  warmth and dryth.

As for the down, it doesn’t really specify the ‘fill power’, making it difficult to estimate the insulating properties of the coat. It’s safe to say you probably won’t want to take this jacket up Mount Siula Grande, but for general Autumn and Winter walking we’ve found it perfectly warm and cosy so far (more on that below!)

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Ali Express Down Jacket Review – The Verdict

So, I’ve had the opportunity to try out this Ali Express down jacket quite a few times over the last few months. And in all honesty, I can’t really fault it so far, especially for the price.

Firstly, it’s very well made – I couldn’t find a stitching fault anywhere on mine. It also has a good amount of loft in it, all of which feels nice and even once you let it unfurl for the first time. You instantly notice a massive difference in warmth when you put it on! I’ve yet to feel a chill any time that I’ve been wearing mine.

The lowest temperature we’ve had this jacket out in so far is about 5c / 41f. So time will tell how it holds up in freezing (or below) temperatures. I wouldn’t expect it to perform at the same level as a down jacket ten times the price – but on the other hand, I wouldn’t be surprised either!

Still, even if you use this jacket as part of a layering system for deep winter hikes, there’s a good opportunity here to save yourself a small fortune on a decent down jacket.  

Well, that’s all folks! Hope you enjoyed this Ali Express Down Jacket Review.

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