REI and lots of other companies make jackets like the REI Co-Op Down Hoodie as part of a winter layering system. This style of jacket is quite typical. It is comfortable, affordable, and fashionable in at least some circles. It is warm enough for some winter conditions, and protective enough for the driest of mild winter climates. However, when you picture an upper MidWest winter, the rugged blizzards of New England, or most winter days of the Mountain West, you need a full function, shelled winter jacket as we test elsewhere in this review. This is a layering piece that many press into service in mellower climates.
REI keeps the hues fresh on their classic styles. The dark green above is a current color offering for this jacket.