Puffer jackets have become a mountain runner’s essential. Turn up to any trail race in the cooler months and you’ll notice every second person wearing one of these cosy garments. Every outdoor brand is cashing in on the popularity, with a huge variation in the quality of what they’re producing.
One company that seems to have a ‘no expenses spared’ attitude towards their apparel is Aussie Grit. We were hugely impressed by the running range, which by the way is said to be getting an upgrade, and now with the release of the Wendover Down Jacket, we are once again taken aback by the quality of what this young company is turning out. It would be easy to copy the likes of Kathmandu and make a cheap, but effective puffer that lasts a season or two and gets the job done if the weather doesn’t get too cold. However Aussie Grit have gone several steps beyond, and while you do pay for it, we feel the investment is well worth it.
The name comes from Wendover Woods in the South-East of England, which is where Mark Webber would train rain, hail or shine. It features a water repellent and durable outer fabric, with a 750 feather down fill (90% goose down and 10% feather). This means it’s soft, fluffy and traps warm air in. The other plus is that it compresses down to fit into a pack, and weighs only 700 grams. The hood is removable and the pockets are brushed fabric, so your hands are nice and warm. There’s also an inner sleeve cuff with a thumbhole, as well as an internal pocket for your valuables.
Perhaps the best feature of all is the fit. Most puffer jackets are loose and quite big, leaving a smaller frame swimming inside. The Wendover is shaped to have a more snug and form-fitting design. This not only feels better, but looks more stylish too!
Available here: https://aussiegritapparel.com/aus/shop/?s=wendover