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I just got this super lightweight down jacket from Uniqlo. It was only US$29.99 on sale. I bought the large size so that I can layer it.
It only weighs 6.4 ounces/181 grams, and packs down into a very small stuff sack.


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Yours looks like a good option, @trecile.
I took a very lightweight down jacket on one of my caminos in 2017. Very lightweight, compressible, and never wrinkled when stuffed away...it was great and from K-Mart(believe it or not) 😃for about $30 on sale. I was very careful to not get it wet...the only reason I usually prefer synthetic on the Camino. I still wear it occasionally locally on chilly days.
 
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I just got this super lightweight down jacket from Uniqlo. It was only US$29.99 on sale. I bought the large size so that I can layer it.
It only weighs 6.4 ounces/181 grams, and packs down into a very small stuff sack.
It is a favourite of ultralight backpackers on a budget. Other featherweight down puffy jackets can run hundreds of dollars (eg. Mountain Hardware's Ghost Whisper jacket). Uniqlo also makes the jacket in men's sizes.

A great buy for chilly Camino nights!
 

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I love Uniqlo - and also use it on planes when it's chilly.
 

Marbe2

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What kind of fill does it have? Didn’t see any indication on the add on the fill power. When purchasing a down jacket one wants a rating of at least 550-600 for cold weather (30s F.) For me, to bring a down jacket, it would need to be the major heating system. As @Camino Chrissy suggests down can be problematic in wet weather. So from my perspective it may not be the best choice in colder, and often wet weather for Caminos. But certainly, for the price, this jacket might work fine for more casual needs.

 
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Those jackets are great and they don't need the same careful handling/laundering as the 'premium' ones. I I use mine as an extra layer in the evenings/early mornings and under a light rain jacket. I'd never bring a fancy expensive one on a Camino.

My best Uniqlo bargain was this hoodie a couple of years ago- it was reduced to UK £4.90 in some colours, so I bought two of them. A really good piece of Camino kit - very light and packable, but still warm enough on my Spring and Autumn Caminos.
 
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trecile

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My best Uniqlo bargain was this hoodie a couple of years ago- it was reduced to UK £4.90 in some colours, so I bought two of them. A really good piece of Camino kit - very light and packable, but still warm enough on my Spring and Autumn Caminos.
I've got a couple of those hoodies, and have brought them on the Camino too. On my first Camino I used it along with a Uniqlo merino wool sweater. Those two layers, along with my rain gear were perfect for my August/September Camino.
 

lt56ny

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I just got this super lightweight down jacket from Uniqlo. It was only US$29.99 on sale. I bought the large size so that I can layer it.
It only weighs 6.4 ounces/181 grams, and packs down into a very small stuff sack.


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Not to interject from a male perspective who comes from having zero knowledge of women's camino clothes or this jacket. When I walked in November and December I bought a great down jacket from REI. It cost $80US dollars, incredibly lightweight. When I wasn't wearing it I hung it from the back of my pack. It was rain resistant but I can't say how much as I always put on my Pancho when it started to rain. It was great against the wind as we had pretty intense winds much of the Camino. It kept me warm in high winds and temperatures about freezing. I also wore a medium layer top. When I warmed up and the temperature warmed up I could walk in the top and take the jacket off. The only downside to it was it didn't have a string to tighten the hood but that was not a real problem at all. For the price and what you get it was a great deal I thought. For a fall camino it is probably not needed unless you are from a hot weather location and like my wife and others I know start thinking they have frostbite at about 50F.
The jacket is discontinued. But this jacket looks like a carbon copy of the one I bought based on the look and description. I am sure there is a women's coat that is similar.
REI Co-op650 Down Hoodie 2.0 - Men's$82.93 Compared to$119.00You save 30%(62)62 reviews with an average rating of 4.2 out of 5 stars
 

trecile

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There are lots of down jackets available, but generally they are in the 10-14 ounce/285-400 gm range.
As @Sara_Dhooma said, a jacket this light usually costs hundreds of dollars.


 
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I took a similar jacket from Uniqlo - mine has a stand up collar. It was fine. I walk Sept/ Oct so barely wore it but it worked as a pillow on the airplane. Handwashed it when I go home - as good as new.
 

taigirl

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I took a similar jacket from Uniqlo - mine has a stand up collar. It was fine. I walk Sept/ Oct so barely wore it but it worked as a pillow on the airplane. Handwashed it when I got home - as good as new.
 

topazy

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I have the same jacket. It does exactly what you'd expect from a lightweight jacket of that kind of fill power - it's not going to be as warm as some of the high end jackets, but it'll do the job as long as you're not in extreme conditions (with suitable layering, obviously).
Also I love Steep & Cheap or Moosejaw for outdoor brands on a budget
 
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