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REI Co-op 650 Down Jacket 2.0 Review

This is an inexpensive jacket that is ideal for casual hiking and wearing around town
REI Co-op 650 Down Jacket 2.0
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Price:  $100 List | Check Price at REI
Pros:  Inexpensive, lightweight
Cons:  Minimal features, boxy fit
Manufacturer:   REI Co-op
By Buck Yedor ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Apr 30, 2021
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  • Warmth - 30% 5
  • Weight - 20% 8
  • Water Resistance - 15% 5
  • Fit - 15% 6
  • Compressibility - 10% 7
  • Features - 10% 5

Our Verdict

This hoodless down jacket doesn't compare to more expensive jackets in terms of warmth, fit, or included features but if you're looking to upgrade your layering system from a basic hoody to something with real insulating abilities this is a good option. Not everyone needs an alpine ready puffy and if you're looking to simply add some warmth to your daily outfit, there's no need to pay for features and capabilities you don't actually need

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Pros Inexpensive, lightweightIncredibly light, compact, warm for its size and weight, effective hydrophobic downWarm, hydrophobic down, comfortable, large pockets accommodate use while wearing a harnessWater resistant hydrophobic down, great DWR coating, well thought-out featuresInexpensive, fully featured adjustability
Cons Minimal features, boxy fitNo hood cinch, no chest pocketExpensive, non-adjustable waist hem, poor compressibility750 fill-power down is good but not as light or lofty as othersModerate warmth, noisy material, no internal zip pockets
Bottom Line This is an inexpensive jacket that is ideal for casual hiking and wearing around townA surprisingly warm jacket that is super-light, thin, and provides excellent versatility for technical adventuresThis is a top-tier jacket with practical features and incredibly refined detailsExcellent for wet weather because it has all the features to ensure the down stays dryThis down offers the warmth and quality of more premium choices at an approachable price point
Rating Categories REI Co-op 650 Down... Ghost Whisperer/2 The North Face Summ... Rab Microlight Alpine MontBell Superior Down
Warmth (30%)
5.0
9.0
9.0
8.0
6.0
Weight (20%)
8.0
9.0
7.0
7.0
9.0
Water Resistance (15%)
5.0
8.0
8.0
9.0
6.0
Fit (15%)
6.0
9.0
9.0
8.0
7.0
Compressibility (10%)
7.0
9.0
8.0
6.0
8.0
Features (10%)
5.0
8.0
8.0
9.0
9.0
Specs REI Co-op 650 Down... Ghost Whisperer/2 The North Face Summ... Rab Microlight Alpine MontBell Superior Down
Down Fill 650 fill power down 800 fill RDS certified, down insulation 800 fill goose down 700 fill recycled hydrophobic down 800 fill goose down
Total Weight 10.44 oz 8.5 oz 14.43 oz 15.7 oz 8.7 oz
Baffle Construction Sewn-through baffles Sewn-through baffles Sewn-through baffles Sewn-through baffles Sewn-through baffles
Main Fabric Recycled nylon taffeta Recycled polyester ripstop, DWR finish Nylon pertex Pertex Quantum 10 denier ballistic airlight nylon
Compression Method Stuffs into pocket Zips into pocket Stuffs into pocket Stuff sack Stuff sack
Pockets 2 hand 2 zippered hand 2 hand, 2 internal, 1 chest 2 zippered hand, 1 zippered chest 2 zippered hand
Hoodless Option? Yes Yes No Yes Yes

Our Analysis and Test Results

Stuffed with 650-fill down and featuring a DWR (durable water repellent) treated nylon ripstop shell, the Rei Down 2.0 provides a lot of warmth, especially for its price point. With minimal features to add bulk, this simple coat compresses into a reasonably small package, making it an ideal carry-on piece while traveling or on your daily commute to work.

Performance Comparison


With minimal features to add bulk, this is a lightweight down.
With minimal features to add bulk, this is a lightweight down.
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Warmth


Built with cool to moderate temperatures in mind, this lightweight down isn't the jacket we'd be grabbing for a winter trip to Colorado.


With that in mind, it does offer enough warmth to take the chill out of cool mornings and cold evenings, especially if you're on the move. The 650-fill down used in this coat just doesn't offer up the same weight to warmth ratio as jackets made with higher loft down.

The large fit is cozy but not ideal for more technical pursuits.
The large fit is cozy but not ideal for more technical pursuits.
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Weight


With a size medium weighing in at 10.44 ounces, this is a fairly lightweight jacket. Its low weight makes it a no-brainer to throw it in your backpack anytime you leave the house, ensuring you're prepared for any unexpected dips in temperature. As noted above, while it is lightweight, the actual weight to warmth ratio is, when compared to other jackets in this review, quite poor.


However, you'll want to consider what your intended purpose is for this jacket and which adventures you'll be planning to head out on while wearing it. If you're after a budget-friendly option, have layering capabilities, and will not be heading into the extreme cold, this may be just the ticket.

The internal drop pockets are handy for storing small items likes a...
The internal drop pockets are handy for storing small items likes a pair of gloves.
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Water Resistance


The water-resistance of this coat comes entirely from the DWR coating on the nylon shell.


While it can resist light precipitation, more serious rainfall will render this coat a soggy un-insulating nylon mess. This problem isn't unique to this down jacket and is just par for the course with the most insulating layers. If you think there might be any chance of rain, be sure to pack a waterproof shell.

This budget-friendly option will more than adequate for most people...
This budget-friendly option will more than adequate for most people looking for a new insulating layer.
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Fit


Our review team found the fit to be boxy. The torso is built like a rectangle, which accommodates those with wider shoulders and barrel chests quite well. If you prefer a tapered fit or are on the slender side, consider sizing down. The 2.0's fit is a bonus if you're hoping to find an option that will allow for layering.


Compressibility


The 2.0 has decent compressibility. It packs into its own pocket but doesn't have a built-in clip-in loop. As with warmth to weight ratios, compressibility is largely a function of the quality of down used.


The 650-fill down used in this model won't compress as well as a down jacket of similar size and weight that is filled with higher loft down.

While the 650 fill down doesn't compress down into the smallest...
While the 650 fill down doesn't compress down into the smallest package, it easily fits into a day pack when fully compressed.
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Features


This jacket is more or less devoid of any notable features. The 2.0 features two internal pockets and two hand pockets with zips. It has no way to tighten or adjust the waist hemline. Especially given the boxy torso, the lack of a cinchable waist lets warm air escape and makes it a less capable insulator.


Value


When compared to the other jackets in our testing lineup, this one falls short. However, keep in mind that the models in our fleet are top-notch and often boast a high price; the 2.0 is almost half the price of many in our review. This option from REI will be more than adequate for most people who want some lightweight insulation while out for day hikes or on chilly mornings. All things considered, we would say that this coat is a heck of a deal.

Conclusion


The REI Co-op 650 Down 2.0 is a budget-priced down that's ideal for casual hiking and around town use. While its performance didn't wow our testers, when you consider the price point and what it's up against, it's a very capable coat. Providing decent warmth and acceptable compressibility, this simply constructed down jacket isn't our top choice for serious backcountry and mountain-oriented missions, but is more than adequate for casual everyday wear.

The long arms and torso provide maximal coverage but feel cumbersome...
The long arms and torso provide maximal coverage but feel cumbersome when performing more athletic activity.
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