While the name Eddie Bauer might conjure up images of casual, rustic living and holiday catalogs, they have in more recent years made serious steps into the world of technical jackets for serious expeditions. Their BC MicroTherm 2.0 was widely considered one of the best technical, insulated down jackets a few years back. And it appears they have kept that same energy and design and channeled it into the new Evertherm Down jacket.
The Evertherm Down Jacket provides all the warmth of a puffy down jacket, but without the bulk. Eddie Bauer uses their new Thindown technology, which places the goose feathers packed together in thin sheets, with adhesive spray, eliminating the need for puffy baffles. There’s no pinch points or seams for down to poke out of, as often happens with wear. As a result, the jacket is less than a single centimeter thick, providing a slim profile with all the warmth you would expect from down. It weighs 13 ounces and insulates down to -15 Degrees.
Like the original MicroTherm, the Evertherm is also windproof and waterproof, coated with StormRepel water-repellent finish, eliminating the need for a shell in light rain and snow (though it’s probably a good idea to carry one for emergencies and extreme weather, just in case). But for most situations, the Evertherm is all you need, letting you tackle just about any situation all day without needing to pause for another layer, or being weighed down.
It packs down to about the size of a water bottle for when you need to stash it in your pack, and as mentioned weighs only 13 ounces. Looks and feels just like a synthetic jacket but gives all the insulation of traditional down.
As of now, Eddie Bauer owns the rights to ThinDown technology, so it may be a few years before we see a similar insulation popping up with other brands. But in the meantime, the Eddie Bauer Evertherm is a warm and low-profile down jacket worth for a solid price. We look forward to trying it out on some upcoming winter expeditions.