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.
Feathered Friends Eos - Women's Review
Cons: Less stylish, harder to layer underneath a hardshell jacket
Manufacturer: Feathered Friends
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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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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