Patagonia Fitz Roy 30˚F ($399)

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1 lb. 13 oz.

800-fill down

Premium, sustainable materials and a unique front zipper.

Not competitively lightweight and packable.

It’s the Fitz Roy Parka is one of our most cherished heavyweight down jackets by Patagonia that we love because of its sleeper-like warmth and loft. When the Ventura-based company launched their latest sleeping bag line under the similar name we had an idea of what we could expect: luxurious fluffy down plumage that is lofty, soft and soft fabric and an excellent build quality. The Fitz Roy incorporates further style cues from the Patagonia jackets, including the front zipper being central and an internal pocket on your chest and a a deep hood that’s inspired by the most comfortable winter parkas. As we’ve come believe, it’s designed sustainably throughout, with features like Advanced Global Traceable down, PFC-free DWR finish and recycled, solution-dyed nylon (solution dying saves water and energy).

Although Patagonia is known for its lightweight and quick alpinism Fitz Roy is not particularly light or compact, particularly in comparison to bags like that of Feathered Friends Hummingbird as well as the Sea to Summit Spark above. It’s not our top choice for backpacking trips that are ultralight or multi-day climbing. However, the Fitz Roy is nevertheless in a field of all-rounders that are solid, and joins similar bags with similar specifications, such as that of the REI and the Co-op Magma 15 and Therm-a-Rest Parsec 20 (Patagonia doesn’t provide a specific fill weight, however in our experience, the Fitz Roy’s 30 degree designation is like the lower limit) The front zipper (complete featuring three zip heads to vent at the top, bottom and middle) provides a nice variation from the traditional models. When you add it all up to that, it’s clear that the Fitz Roy is a solid product from a company that we trust. It also is available with the 20-degree model. (2 2 pounds. 4 oz.) for $499.