The historic snowboard and backcountry leader has pioneered the outdoor industry’s first-ever sustainable down jacket with 750-fill recycled down feathers, in line with the brand’s entry into winter clothes.
Several brands have made great strides towards sustainable clothing, but Jones Snowboards raised the benchmark with the company’s recent release of the Re-Up Down Hoodie, a down jacket design fully padded with recycled down feathers – and high quality, too. With a fill of 750, a number that relatively reflects the level of loft and insulation efficiency, the jacket could be a competitive choice for warmth on backcountry missions.
Last winter, the brand’s Cardinal Outerwear featured menswear in three collections — Shralpinist, mountain surfingand Climb – including men Re-Up Down Hoodie ($330). In total, the launch required three seasons of research and development.
Now for the 2022/2023 season, Jones will add a range of women’s clothing including snowboard and splitboard pants, jackets and bibs. The collection includes a Re-Up Down Hoodie ($330) for women, which will be officially available in early September.
Jones Re-Up Down Hoodie: Sustainable Details
Overall, Jones Outerwear favors sustainable measures. Materials are OEKO-TEX and/or Bluesign certified, the majority are 100% recycled, and they use PFC-free DWR (except GORE-TEX Pro fabric).
We have a Re-Up Down Hoodie on hand to test out the jacket once the snow has fallen. We’ll look at durability, warmth, functionality, fit, and weatherability. For our other down jacket reviews, check out our GearJunkie gear guide The best down jackets of 2022.
By way of introduction, here is the first look at the Jones Re-Up eco-friendly jacket.
Jones Snowboards Re-Up Down Pullover Hoodie
- To fill: 750
- Lester: 420g (women), 480g (men)
- Materials: 100% recycled Downproof 20 denier nylon for the outer shell filled with 100% recycled GRS down
- Climatic treatment: PFC-free DWR
- Standards: OEKO-Tex Standard 100, Bluesign certified materials
- Pockets: 5
- Hood: Attched
- Zippers: Recycled YKK Natulon Zippers
- Adapt: Relaxed
- Handcuffs: Elastic wrist
- Sizes: XS, S, M, L
- Our favorite perk: A storage pocket for the jacket to fold up on itself
- Best for: Hinterland and city excursions
Jones Snowboards launches recycled down
What sets this durable down jacket apart is that the fill is recycled and its 750 fill power: higher quality fill and more heat indicator.
The Feather and down allied The Jones Re-Up Down Hoodie’s recycled down fill is next level, in part because the down comes from recycled clothing rather than bedding.
Traditionally, extracting feathers from old garments was labor-intensive, but the company has innovated an efficient method of collecting the down, helping to increase the recycled fill power in this puff.
Other durable down jackets exist. For example, the REI Co-op 650 Down Jacket 2.0 has a recycled nylon outer fabric and Bluesign materials. 650 down is RDS certified but not recycled.
Likewise, the Patagonia Down Hoodie features a 100% recycled shell and recycled liner with 800 fill that meets the global Traceable Down Standard, but is not recycled.
Then tentree launched puffers for guys and girls – the Cloud Shell Packable Puffer Jacket — with 100% recycled outer fabric, Bluesign materials and recycled YKK zippers. But the jackets are insulated with recycled synthetic padding: 100 grams of PrimaLoft Down.
Two of the most difficult components to recycle in a jacket are the zippers and the natural down filling – and this Jones jacket did both.
Down filling: why it’s so hard to recycle
Recycled down isn’t new: it’s been around for half a century. However, locating down feathers of sufficient quality to be reused in clothing (as opposed to, for example, lower quality down taken from cushions or pillows) has never been easy or readily available.
Several stepping stones helped. According to a statement from Jonathan Uretsky, chief operating officer of Feather and down allied.
In addition, the RDS (Responsible Down Standard) was launched, which requires virgin down to be traced back to its origin, eliminating the possibility of mixing new and reused down and thus increasing the reusable down resource pool. .
Preview: Re-Up Down Hoodie
Jones’ overall mission was to create functional outerwear that moves well and has a unique style. For the other garments we’ve tested so far, these ratings have met, so we have high hopes for the Re-Up Down Hoodie.
Down fill options typically range from 450 to 900 or slightly more. Ultimately, a 750 jacket is a good heat indicator, but we have to take the Re-Up Down Hoodie out in the field to put it through its paces.
In addition to loft, the warmth of a down jacket changes with fill weight, such as how much down is actually inside the jacket. (The trade-off for lower fill weight is that the jacket becomes more packable and lighter overall.)
Another factor that influences warmth is baffle design, which changes how the down fill is distributed throughout the jacket. Finally, it is important to check whether the seal is effective.
Overall the jacket seems solid. We love the aesthetic, and that’s definitely a mark of durability. We look forward to bringing you a full report later this winter.