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The line spoken by Ralphie's little brother in A Christmas Story was because of his obnoxiously thick winter jacket.
Puffy down-filled jackets still are cozy and have a place if you are a sled dog captain in the Arctic Circle. Fabric technology has evolved, and softshell materials are warmer than they once were.
Combining down insulated hard and softshell materials, the Canada Goose HyBridge Jacket is among the company's latest outerwear. The HyBridge Jacket is a down-filled hard shell on your torso and a soft shell in the shoulders, arms and waist.
Canada Goose terms this soft shell and down-filled combo as Thermal Mapping Technology. It was released at the 2010 Outdoor Retailer Winter Market.
The technology marries the warmth of goose down with the flexibility of a soft shell. The result is a jacket that keeps your body's core toasty and doesn't impede the movement of your arms when snowshoeing or skiing.
The HyBridge Jacket has a contoured fit and allows for a few thin midlayers under it. If you are looking for a loose fitting shell to pile several layers under, the HyBridge is not meant for you. Canada Goose designed it to limit the bulkiness and free your movement for unimpeded pole plants.
The softshell consists of Polartec Power Shield O2 and is lined with 750-fill power Canadian Hutterite white duck down. The two exterior zippered hand pockets are complimented by a roomy Velcro-secured internal pocket.
The Canada Goose HyBridge Jacket is exactly what is needed for a lightweight jacket that keeps its warmth. Down to temperatures in the single digits, the HyBridge with afew thin mid layers kept its warmth.
As Canada Goose brags, movement in the torso, arms and shoulders feels natural. The athletic cut of the jacket keeps it in place and keeps your performance at its peak for taking aggressive turns in powder or that nasty human-made granular stuff.
The Canada Goose HyBridge Jacket is recommended for warmth down to single digits temperatures and keeping your on-snow performance at its max.
If you are looking for a shell to layer up and shovel snow, the $475 suggested retail price is steep. Canada Goose also offers the Hybridge Hoody listed at $500.
Jason Elliot is the Editor and Publisher of OutdoorInformer.com. Elliot has established a respected following with the top industry professionals and gearheads for his nonbiased reviews of outdoor gear and apparel. Elliot is a regular contributor to Examiner.com, Trails.com and other publications on top of his editorial and writing role with OutdoorInformer.com.
Elliot left a successful fifteen-plus year management career that he worked at Fortune 500 and S&P 500 companies to pursue his passion for writing about the outdoors. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree from La Roche College.
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