Primal’s Short Sleeve Down Jacket Review

A short sleeve down jacket with one-of-a-kind hand warmer pockets that keep you cozy on a cold commute.

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HINES Stella DOWN SHORT SLEEVE JACKET

Price $260 USD
Find it at primalwear.com

Primal’s Short Sleeve Down Jacket has micro 20D ripstop nylon face with a 100% goose down insulation layer and comes in two colors, Navy and Olive. Sewn through construction prevents any of the internal insulation from bunching together and makes for a thinner less puffy look. A hidden side zipper pocket and zippered chest pocket are perfect for storing those smaller items. The jacket is available in both a men’s and women’s sizes.

TELL YOUR FRIENDS
The pockets shaped like the sleeves of your favourite pair of mittens is the standout feature of this warm vest. The unique short sleeve configuration for this vest is also a conversation starter. I found that this jacket still fit nicely underneath an outer layer during our last cold snap and kept me really warm and cozy. Yet it can easily stand alone as a warm packable outer layer that you can pull out during a break when you are not moving.

WISH LIST
This is a high quality jacket that will keep you warm in a pinch. I would have liked if it came with its own little pack sack to make taking this with me on a ride even easier.

SUMMARY
The webbing band on the front pockets was great! I could quickly pull my hands in and out without ever having to deal with a zipper. At each stop along my commute I couldn’t help but slip my hands into the pockets for that additional bit of warmth and comfort. The reflective zipper and its easy to grab lanyard made it no issue to zip up even with gloves on. This was especially useful when I began to overheat or cool down on my ride and needed control my temperature by adjusting the zipper. I liked the additional bit of warmth that the short sleeves provided around the shoulders compared to a sleeveless vest.

Overall it’s a very functional piece of clothing for the modern day city cyclist. Whether you’re on your way to a meeting or the bar the jacket is stylish enough to work both on and off the bike. The unique pocket sleeves make this a great hand warmer jacket for yourself or you can offer the pockets to a friend with whom you’d like to share a little extra warmth…


Gwendal Castellan is a father of two and enjoys riding all kinds of bicycles all sorts of places. He works as an energy specialist at Tourism Vancouver helping businesses identify projects to reduce their energy consumption. @GwendalC  

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