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Published on January 22nd, 2011 | by Greg


Ride Cappel Dublin Down: Serious Cold-Weather Coat

Not all of us are pro­fes­sion­al ath­letes- but that doesn’t mean we can’t ap­pre­ci­ate se­ri­ous gear. When we most re­cent­ly vis­it­ed Mam­moth Moun­tain, an area that has seen record snow­falls, we no­ticed plen­ty of snow­board­ers and ski­iers wear­ing sub-par out­er­wear. Most of them end­ed their runs af­ter a spill or two, which is a shame. Es­pe­cial­ly for those who are want­ing to get the most out of their trips, or those who just re­al­ly want to look good when rid­ing, we’ve got a coat for you.

Ride Snow­boards makes boards and boots, but we were most in­ter­est­ed in test­ing out their coats- specif­i­cal­ly, the Cap­pel Dublin Down Men’s Jack­et. Folks in As­pen and Vail, as well as their var­i­ous spokes­peo­ple, swore by the tech­nol­o­gy and brand and though it’s not as wide­ly avail­able in stores, we have a feel­ing these guys will be show­ing up all over the place short­ly. These aren’t ul­tra lightweight jack­ets, nor are they in­tend­ed for ev­ery­day use- they’re a bit bulky and of­fer a bunch of fea­tures aimed specif­i­cal­ly at the core au­di­ence. We bun­dled up, went out and about, and loved the feel of the ma­te­ri­al as well as the ex­cel­lent styling- ours was the Blue Spruce col­or, but the oth­ers are equal­ly ex­cel­lent. The shell is 100% polyester, while the lin­ing is a 70/30 poly/ny­lon blend, and it was im­me­di­ate­ly clear that this is a well-in­su­lat­ed piece.

It wasn’t un­til we hit the slopes though that we re­al­ly got a sense of why Cap­pel is head and shoul­ders above most oth­er out­er­wear. There are a few num­bers that re­al­ly count here, but they are a bit ob­scure- the Dublin Down, re­gard­less of what some mis­print­ed tags and er­ro­neous re­views say, is rat­ed at 15,000/10,000MM. The first num­ber is for wa­ter­proof­ing (at the amount of wa­ter a fab­ric can take in a 24 hour pe­ri­od), the sec­ond for breatha­bil­i­ty- and yes, they have rat­ing sys­tems for both. You can find slight­ly high­er rat­ings, but these are more than suf­fi­cient for all but the most ex­treme con­di­tions. To test, we lit­er­al­ly rolled down a moun­tain, and though our pants were soaked and our face burned, our jack­et wasn’t damp and bare­ly a whis­per of mois­ture had got­ten through the seams. Al­so, it’s easy to feel suf­fo­cat­ed in plen­ty of lay­er­ing op­tions out there, but here, you can sweat in peace with­out wor­ry­ing about trap­ping it all in­side. In oth­er words, you’ll stay warm and dry for run af­ter run. Even in a bliz­zard, and yes, even in pret­ty heavy rains.

Crit­i­cal­ly taped seams, rather than ful­ly taped, meant that there was a bit of leak­age- in crit­i­cal­ly taped gar­ments, on­ly the most ex­posed ar­eas are sealed. These were sealed and cov­ered quite well though. And we re­al­ly liked the re­mov­able hood- it was easy to at­tach, solid­ly made, and per­fect­ly-fit- many hoods feel a bit small, or cinch poor­ly, but this one was al­so well-in­su­lat­ed. Zip­per styling is per­haps the best we’ve seen and tru­ly unique- it’s hard to see on most pic­tures, so we’ve at­tached an im­age here that hope­ful­ly gives you a clear­er view. There are a ton of oth­er thought­ful fea­tures- felt-lin­ing in key spots, 220g of down in­su­la­tion (many jack­ets of­fer 100g or less), the Ly­cra stretch pow­der skirt to pre­vent the snow from sneak­ing up, three pock­ets…

All in all, if you need to stay warm in se­ri­ous cold-weath­er con­di­tions, look at what the pros use- and look good when you wear it. We loved the Cap­pel Dublin Down, and al­most wish it were cold­er so we could wear it more of­ten… al­most. Sad­ly, it seemed to be un­avail­able at press time, but we hope you’ll search one out. At $300, it need­ed to be near­ly per­fect to meet our ex­pec­ta­tions at that price lev­el, and we’re hap­py to re­port that it came pret­ty close.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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