To be worn in cold soggy days, as an alternative to down jackets, we have developed the ‘Cyclone Parka’ that keeps the elements out.
Down from ducks and geese are known as nature’s best insulator as they are light-weight, easily compressible, portable, and have superior insulating properties without additional bulk. However, in wet conditions, traditional down jackets have their drawbacks as they lose their insulation property and it takes time for down to dry up when wet. Hence, you must protect your down jacket with a waterproof shell membrane when in use and store it in the driest place inside your backpack when not in use.
To be worn in cold soggy days, as an alternative to down jackets, we have created the ‘Cyclone Parka’ (prototype only).
Our Cyclone Parka has an exterior shell made from Japanese fabric that is water-proof, wind-resistant, and snow-proof and is packed with YKK® Aquaguard water-repellent zippers. To make it completely water-proof, we have taped the seams of the jacket so that water doesn’t seep in through the tiny holes created from needle-stitching.
This parka is insulated with 200 grams of synthetic insulation which performs well when damp and dries quicker. The amount of insulation placed inside is just right so that it is comfortably warm and doesn’t become heavy and bulky on the body or inside a backpack.
It has a high collar on chin/nose level to keep the elements out from the neck and mouth areas.
The prototype in black color was worn and tried-out by the Lujaw photography team on their Annapurna Base Camp trek in early March. Lujaw team quoted that the jacket was adequate while hiking in a blizzard, after a while they used raincoats only to protect their camera and gadgets more than themselves.