The Brooks Range Mojave is unique in our Parka review in that it is the only product that features hydrophobic down — a new technology. Brooks Range has used a DownTek hydrophobic coating on the 800+ fill power down in the Mojave, meaning that the down insulation is less susceptible to the de-lofting normally caused by water and moisture. The Mojave also features box-baffles in the chest, and a lightweight Pertex Quantum outer fabric. All together the Brooks Range Mojave is a well-rounded, warm for its weight light down parka, complete with cutting edge technology.
While the lab test videos of hydrophobic down coatings are pretty incredible, we are still trying to determine the real-world significance of hydrophobic down. Put simply — How big of a game changer is it? At this point we are still testing and observing, but one thing is clear: hydrophobic coatings do increase the water resistance of your down insulation, but they in no way make your down garment equivalent to a synthetic insulated garment when it comes to retaining warmth in truly wet weather. As more and more manufacturers release products featuring hydrophobic down coatings we will know not only more about hydrophobic down as a feature of down garments, but also the differences between the various hydrophobic technologies. Both Mountain Hardwear and Patagonia are releasing much anticipated products in the their Spring 2013 lines that use hydrophobic down technologies Stay tuned for our findings.