The Hi-Tec Timaru Down Hoodie offers warmth and style in a lightweight package. Choose this jacket for cold-weather adventures.
- 15D nylon mini rip, silicon coated transparent fabric shell and lining
- 700 fill power down insulation
- Colored down is visible through transparent shell
- Two zippered handwarmer pockets
- Single-hand drawcord adjustable hem
- Hoodie with bungee adjustments
- Tested size medium
- Weight – 351 g (12.4 oz)
- Pit to pit – 54.0 cm (21.3 in)
- Center Back – 65.7 cm (25.9 in)
- Sleeve length – 84.0 cm (33.1 in)
- Retail – $190
I have now done several reviews of Hi-Tec gear. While they specialize in footwear, they have also branched out into clothing. Melissa did a review of the Moonstruck Parka last fall and really liked the down inner jacket. So when I saw that Hi-Tec was coming out with a new treatment for their down, I knew Melissa would love to do a review of it. I want to thank Hi-Tec for sending us the jacket to put to the test. This review has been written by both Melissa and I. Her focus was on the Fit, Performance, and the Overall.
The Timaru was worn a lot. Since we had about six months to prepare for the review, and Melissa gets cold easy the jacket got worn everywhere. It got worn in temperatures ranging from 20 to 70 degrees. We had wind, rain, snow, and plenty of wind.
The Hi-Tec Timaru is a standalone down jacket. What sets it apart from other down jackets is the combination of the down itself and the shell fabric. The Timaru uses 700 fill down that has been treated by their Color-Tec process.
This process adds dye to the down to color it. The down is treated several times to make sure it gets colored fully. According to Hi-Tec, the process does not interfere with the natural oils of the down so it maintains its loft and insulating properties. According to Hi-Tec, this process actually adds a little to the loft of the down but since they measure the down before they dye it, they do not account for this extra. These dyed feathers are what give the jacket its color. The exterior and inner lining of the jacket are made of 15 denier nylon. The nylon is transparent and has been silicone treated. This allows the colors of the dyed insulation to show through.
The silicone treatment helps the fabric with its weather resistance as well as preventing feathers from poking through. Down insulation is excellent for its warm to weight and compressive qualities. The main drawback is of course the fact that it loses its insulating properties when wet. If you want to learn more about down, take a look at my knowledge base article by clicking on the banner below.
The Timaru has been made with a baffled construction which is what gives the jacket the tube-like construction. This also keeps the down from migrating, which can cause cold spots in the insulation. The main seams have been finished with a soft fabric for comfort. The jacket has a full-length zipper with a wind blocker behind the zipper to help keep the heat in. The Timaru has two-hand pockets that have micro fleece lining. At the wrist, the cuff is really simple. It has been finished with an elastic opening so it is low profile and can stretch to get your hands in and out. At the bottom hem of the jacket, Hi-Tec has added an elastic bungee that can be adjusted on both hips. This allows you to keep the bottom hem tight and keep cold winds from coming up from the bottom. There is also an attached hood for more warmth. The hood has a bungee cord that can adjust the opening size, but the overall volume is not adjustable.
The Timaru Jacket has a mix of sustainable materials. The shell fabrics are not, but the down fill is. On the corporate side, I was not able to find much on the sustainable practices of Hi-Tec. The one thing that I am encouraged by is Hi-Tec’s effort to get people outside. I gave the Timaru a 2 1/2 rating for sustainability.
Arm Length (20%)
Ease of Movement (10%)
Torso Sizing (20%)
The fit is where this jacket really stands out. I am normally a size medium, and that is what I tested in this Jacket. I felt like the shape of the jacket really stayed close to the body without being overly tight. Even though the jacket has a bungee hem at the bottom, I never felt like I needed it. The jacket was sized that well in the torso. This great fit is not just through the body but also in the shoulders and down the arms. There have a good room in them so you can move your arms without feeling restricted. While I did not use the jacket for many technical activities, the stuff I did use it for was great. Mobility was never an issue as it feels so light when on. The liner fabric feels very comfortable when on. Since the fabric has been treated with silicone it does have a bit of crunchiness to it. Not bad, but a little crinkly. This does keep the down feathers from poking through which makes it more comfortable as you do not have to worry about getting poked by feathers.
The arms were also plenty long for me. I am 5 feet 4 1/2 inches and had plenty of length. I really like the cuffs as they are low bulk and simple. I am not much of a fan of the Velcro cuffs as they always feel bulky to me. I also find that the Velcro makes it tougher to use the pockets and these cuffs do not get in the way. As for the attached hood, I did not use it much. I am not big on hoods in the first place so that definitely led to it. When I did use the hood, I felt like it was a little big. You do have adjustable bungees but this only changed the opening size only and not really the volume.
Weather Resistance (15%)
The Timaru also performed rather well. The down insulation kept me warm, and that is saying something. There are times during the year that I lived in the jacket. When I originally tested the Moonstruck Parka, my favorite part was the down liner. This jacket is lighter, warmer, and still has a great fit. The jacket breathes fairly well. You generally do not want it to breathe too much as it would lose some of the heat. Here in Bend we get a lot of wind, and I have noticed that the Timaru outer shell keeps the wind from penetrating, even at the seams. This helps the jacket even be warmer as they are sewn through seams. One down jackets this can sometimes be a location for cold spots as the down is thinner there at the seams.
I am not kidding when I say that I wear this jacket a lot. Even with all this wear the jacket still looks great. I cannot think of a spot that is showing a lot of wear. It is holding up great. I have now had several down jackets and the main issue I have had with them all is the loss of feathers. The Timaru does not have this problem. If it has lost any feathers over the course of the test, it has only been in the single digits. Remarkably better than all the other jackets I have tested or owned. I think this has to do with the treated shell. This shell also helps light rain and snow bead up and not penetrate, which keeps the down from getting wet. This is important as wet down does not work. The other feature I really like is the fleece-lined pockets, they are warm and comfortable.
Overall, the Hi-Tec Timaru is one of my favorite jackets I have used. I often grab for it first because it is warm, comfortable, and looks great. When wearing the jacket out I have got lots of compliments for how good it looks. Who does not like to get those compliments? I tested the Pinot color which is a light purple color. They offer it in light blue as well as a mixed one of white, blue, and purple. If I had to classify the Timaru, I would say it is an excellent jacket for casual and some outdoor wear. Not that it would not work in the outdoors, but it feels a bit more like a fashion piece. I have some down jackets that feel more technical, but this one feels more fashionable. I would definitely recommend it; the Timaru is both warm and comfortable. The Hi-Tec Timaru retails for $190, but I have often seen it for less. If anything it is worth a look with the dyed feathers, this is unique. As always, your mileage may vary.
Pros [field name=iFrame]
- Looks great
- Fits well through the arms & torso
- Low profile wrists
- Does not lose down feathers
- Hood feels big
- Fabric is a bit crinkly
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