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Feathered Friends Eos - Women's Review

The Eos quickly rose to the top of this review for its incredible warmth-to-weight and remarkable comfort.
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Price:  $309 List
Pros:  Very warm for the weight, highly compressible, durable, versatile, comfortable
Cons:  Less stylish, harder to layer underneath a hardshell jacket
Manufacturer:   Feathered Friends
By Lyra Pierotti ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Dec 20, 2018
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  • Warmth - 30% 8
  • Weight - 20% 7
  • Compressibility - 20% 9
  • Features - 15% 5
  • Durability - 10% 8
  • Water Resistance - 5% 5

Our Verdict

The Feathered Friends Eos, named for the goddess of the dawn, brings the warmth of those first rays of sunlight every time you put it on. We loved wearing this jacket after the sunset in the mountains, on the short cold days of fall in the desert, and especially on crisp mornings on the coast. This is a very comfortable jacket that feels like your favorite sweatshirt but is as light as a cloud and a ready companion for even the most technical mountain adventures. The 900+ fill down is remarkably light for the weight, and there's quite a bit of loft, making this one of the warmest jackets in this review without feeling too bulky—and it still compresses small enough to compete with the smaller jackets in this review. It is a streamlined and straightforward jacket with minimal features, but thoughtfully designed to be highly versatile. We loved this jacket for everything from mountaineering and ice climbing to cragging and multi-pitch rock climbing, hiking, and even for casual days around town. Feathered Friends has been making high-quality down products for a long time, and we enjoyed the opportunity to test this one on our adventures in the field.


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Pros Very warm for the weight, highly compressible, durable, versatile, comfortableIncredibly light, compact, warm for its size and weight, packs into its own pocketLightweight, well placed synthetic insulation, versatileVery warm, lightweight, versatile, great featuresVersatile, comfortable, warm for the weight
Cons Less stylish, harder to layer underneath a hardshell jacketNo way to cinch the hood, lighter materials are more fragileLess durable than some models, expensiveMore expensive, less stylish, less durableLess water resistant, difficult to stuff into stow pocket
Bottom Line The Eos quickly rose to the top of this review for its incredible warmth-to-weight and remarkable comfort.The Ghost Whisperer is as light as a ghost, or so we assume, and boasts incredible warmth for the weight.This is an outstanding down jacket for layering in cold conditions, well suited to activities that require adept moisture management.This is an excellent lightweight down jacket that is twice as warm as the competition: an excellent severe weather jacket for ice climbs and ski tours.The L3 is a versatile and well designed lightweight down jacket for a variety of adventures.
Rating Categories Feathered Friends Eos - Wome... Ghost Whisperer Down Hooded Cerium LT Hoody Cerium SV Hoody Summit L3 Hoody
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Specs Feathered Friends... Ghost Whisperer... Cerium LT Hoody Cerium SV Hoody Summit L3 Hoody
Down Fill 900+ fill goose down 800 fill power Q.Shield down, Responsible Down Standard certified 850 fill down 850 fill power goose down, with Coreloft synthetic insulation used moisture-prone areas 800-fill goose down
Main Fabric Pertex Quantum Whisperer 7D x 10D Nylon Ripstop Arato 10D nylon Arato nylon, DWR treatment 10D x 10D 25 g/m² 100% nylon
Measured Weight (oz) 9.5 6.5 9.5 13 11
Pockets 2 2 3 3 2
Hood Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Stowing option Stuff sack Packs into right hand pocket Yes Internal zippered chest pocket has stuff sack girth hitched inside so it won’t fall out Yes

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Eos is a phenomenally light and compressible down jacket for the weight. It looks very outdoorsy, so it may not be great for casual use, but if you are looking for a very lightweight jacket that will keep you as warm as possible in most mountain conditions, this might be your best bet.

Performance Comparison


The Eos was an excellent lightweight down jacket for a variety of conditions.
The Eos was an excellent lightweight down jacket for a variety of conditions.

Warmth


The Eos is named for the goddess of the dawn and wraps around you like the soft warmth of the rising sun. With ultra-lofty 900+ fill power down, this is one of the warmest jackets for its weight in this review. It is also on the puffier side of jackets in this review, in part due to the lofty down, of course, but also indicating it is a generally warmer jacket.


A common misconception of down jackets is that higher fill power means more warmth. This is sort of true; there's just an important detail missing. The higher fill power down does describe more loft, and this translates to more insulating capacity (more air trapped in the down). However, the amount of down used is also relevant. A super thin jacket with 900 fill power down may not be as warm as a Michelin-Man mega puffy jacket with 750 fill down.

Among jackets in this review, the Eos has both the best quality down and is a bit puffier. The quality down makes it exceptionally warm and compressible for the weight, and the puffier look means it is warmer than most of the jackets in this review that appear more svelte, slim, or thin. The baffles on the Eos are larger, similar to the warmest jackets in this review, the Arc'teryx Cerium SV and The North Face Summit L3. This reduces the number of seams in the jacket and therefore limits the amount of potential cold spots in the jacket, and it gives the down more space to loft, thus providing more insulating power.

The Eos is very warm for the weight  and highly compressible  plus it comes with that awesome yellow stuff sack.
The Eos is very warm for the weight, and highly compressible, plus it comes with that awesome yellow stuff sack.

Part of what contributes to this extra puffy look is the Pertex Quantum fabric. This is specifically designed to trap still air and add to the insulating properties of the high quality down inside. The fabric is made of tiny, tightly woven fibers which also repels wind and light precipitation to keep you warm and dry (plus, tighter weaves help keep down inside, too! See Durability metric, below)

Weight


The weight of this jacket is directly related to the high-quality 900+ fill power down and the use of excellent, light, but durable fabrics, as well as simple and streamlined (and very thoughtful) features. It is not the lightest in this review because it is a warmer jacket, so if you're looking for the lightest down jacket for milder temperatures, you might consider the Ghost Whisperer from Mountain Hardwear.


This jacket is similar to another one of our favorite jackets in this review, the Arc'teryx Cerium SV. These two are the warmest jackets in this review, boasting the highest loft. The Eos steps ahead, however, in the Durability metric, below.

Compressibility


Another benefit of the 900+ fill power down in the Eos is its compressibility. A jacket with good down goes a long way. This high quality down is the warmest for its weight, so it gets high marks in both preceding metrics—and then it also scores well for compressibility because that high loft squishes down into a tiny ball, then puffs back up into one of the puffiest, loftiest jackets in this review. So impressive!


The quality of this jacket runs right from one metric into another; it's warm, lightweight, and compressible, and we also find it to be highly durable and able to handle a lot of stuffing and unstuffing. This jacket is an excellent investment for all your outdoor needs.

With 900+ fill down  the Eos is a highly compressible and warm down jacket.
With 900+ fill down, the Eos is a highly compressible and warm down jacket.

Features


The Eos is a relatively well featured lightweight down jacket. It's quite simple, which keeps it lightweight, but it is missing one of our favorite features: the chest pocket. If you've been following this review over the years, you'll know that this is by far our favorite feature in jackets. It is a great place to stash a phone to keep the battery from dying in the cold, a great place to keep snacks warm, too. But most of all, it's a place to stash small things so you can keep the hand warmer pockets open and free for, well, your hands.


This jacket doesn't have a drawcord adjustment for the hood, but it does at the bottom hem., which keeps drafts out very effectively. We didn't miss the adjustment on the hood because the elastic ensures a good, comfortable fit.

The comfy and low profile cuffs on the Eos.
The comfy and low profile cuffs on the Eos.

There is no fleece in the pockets or on the upper zipper where the jacket often touches your face. This can be a nice feature, but the fabric of this jacket is very soft to the touch, so this also doesn't detract from the Features score. There is a cap on the top of the zipper so that the zipper itself doesn't hit your chin or lip.

The hood on the Eos is very simple yet highly functional.
The hood on the Eos is very simple yet highly functional.

The zipper has a flap which helps keep wind out, which is thoughtful, and it is well designed; many jackets have a flap that is too soft and catches when you zip the jacket closed. Everything on this jacket by Feathered Friends operates reliably and smoothly, and the Eos is an absolute pleasure to wear on a daily basis.

The two hand pockets are cozy and user-friendly.
The two hand pockets are cozy and user-friendly.

Durability


When we think about the durability of jackets, we often think first of the quality of the shell material. This is very important, of course, because it is what protects the jacket from abrasion and puncture, which is important when you have pokey down feathers to keep in and a world of sharp objects ready to snag you.


Consider also that the quality of the downplays a considerable role in the durability of down products, in the long term. Higher quality down has fluffier, softer, more spherical feathers. If well cared for, this down will compress and re-loft many more times than a lower quality down that might look more like a feather with sharper points and fibers that tend to clump rather than re-loft with ease. So, as it goes, you get what you pay for!

Time tested  Feathered Friends.
Time tested, Feathered Friends.

This is a marvelous jacket to take with you on all your fast-and-light missions because it will stuff into a tiny space and then quickly re-loft to keep you warm—and it will do so for years if you treat it well. This jacket is durable for avid backpackers and climbers who stuff their jackets into the tiny recesses of their backpacks, as well as for commuters who want a warm jacket for the winter without having to carry a bigger messenger bag or backpack to work every day.

Water Resistance


The Pertex Quantum fabric is made of very tightly woven, exceedingly thin yarns which are designed to keep still air inside, and also makes it very effective at blocking the wind. This is not designed to be a waterproof layer, however, and it's important that down stay dry to retain its loft (and therefore its warmth). The jacket does feature a durable water repellent (DWR) finish, like all modern down jackets, which helps it repel light rain and snow, but if you're out in the rain or heavy snow, be sure you have a good hard shell jacket that comfortably fits over the top of this down jacket.


For a weather resistant down jacket, we did like the Black Diamond Forge with its durable outer fabric and DWR coated down. Otherwise, either of the Arc'teryx jackets also performed well in this metric, the Cerium SV or LT.

Best Applications


The Eos is an excellent all-around down jacket. It is so well made, with the best quality materials, that it performs well on a variety of climbing objectives, but still looks sharp around town. We loved this one for those creeping cold days that confirm summer is officially over, and for fast and light winter climbs or ski trips. This is a jacket that provides ample warmth without feeling heavy or restrictive.

Value


The Eos is a little more expensive at $309, but well worth it for the warmth, low weight, and excellent manufacturing. This is a jacket that will last for years if you take good care of it.

Conclusion


Greeting the dawn in the Feathered Friends Eos.
Greeting the dawn in the Feathered Friends Eos.

On crisp, cool fall mornings, we loved to don the Eos to greet the sunrise on the coast, in the desert, and in the mountains. This jacket is so light, soft, and warm that it made us feel like a goddess at dawn, as the name suggests. Feathered Friends nailed it with this jacket, using high-quality materials and excellent manufacturing to make one of our favorite down jackets.


Lyra Pierotti