REI Magma 850 Down Jacket

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I originally bought this jacket because I really liked the color & it was on sale - but I soon discovered that it's actually super awesome and functional!

Name: REI Co-op Magma 850 Down Jacket - Women's

Specs:

  • Weight: 9.3 oz (Large)
  • Pockets: 3 - 2 hand warmer, 1 inner chest pocket
  • Wrists: Elastic
  • Waist: Drawstring
  • Back Length: 27 in
  • Hood: No
  • Fabric: Pertex Ripstop Nylon
  • Insulation: DWR 850-fill goose down
  • MSRP: $189

What I Like:

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  • Warmth: This jacket is super warm, and super puffy. I love it! I honestly don't wear it in the outdoors too much, opting for other puffys instead. But my house is freakishly cold (like, always at 62-65* F) and when you're not moving, you get cold fast. I always put this on when I want to warm up quickly, and it works! I frequently wear it in temps of about 50* F and it keeps me toasty too, so I believe it will be great in even lower temperatures too.
  • Weight: This is actually a pretty lightweight jacket - 9.3 oz for a large! It's actually lighter than the puffy I've been taking on my backpacking trips, which I only just realized when writing this review. So maybe a gear change is in order. But the warmth-to-weight ratio is important when it comes to down jackets & backpacking, and this jacket has a pretty amazing warmth-to-weight ratio!
  • Pockets: The hand pockets are humungous. They're at a slightly awkward height (super tall - my boobs are like, in the pockets) but that's because REI wanted to put them above your backpack's hip belt, so I guess that makes sense. But they're incredibly roomy when you're not wearing a backpack. When you are using a hip belt, the space gets slightly cut-off, even though they're placed high, but still, you can get a lot of stuff in there.
  • Packability: One of the great things about down (especially when you get into the 800-fill power & higher) is that it packs down pretty small, into its own left-hand pocket. This jacket packs down to about the size of a 1 L Smartwater bottle, so it really doesn't take up much room in your pack. 
  • Cost: For the warmth & weight, this is an AMAZING price for a down puffy. For some comparison, the Patagonia Down Sweater is $229, 800-fill, and 12 oz, the Mountain Hardware Ghost Whisperer (no hood) is $325, 800-fill, and 6.4 oz, and the Montbell Plasma 1000 is $329, 1000-fill, and 4.1 oz. Plus, you'll have access to REI's product guarantee and return policy, and REI frequently has sales on their items, especially on out of season colors.

What I Don't Like:

  • No Hood: This doesn't really matter for what I have been using the jacket for, but if I was going to really use this jacket backpacking, I would want it to have a hood, especially for it being 9.3 oz. But, lots of people don't care about hoods, so whatever suits you!

Overall, I think this is a super awesome down jacket that will definitely keep you warm when you're not moving. For the warmth, weight, packability, and cost, you really can't beat this jacket!