Kathmandu Yatra Travel Jacket
KATHMANDU YATRA TRAVEL JACKET
I’m glad I’ve had the pleasure of trialing out the new Yatra Jacket by Kathmandu. I took it for a test ride on a cold wintery day at the coast, to test out it’s ability to shield me from the gusts and keep you warm on a cold day.
Shell: 69% Nylon 31% Polyester
Lining: 100% Nylon
Fill: Goosedown and feather Minimum 85% Goosedown (Class 1) Weight Size 10: 431g
Firstly, the 650 driFILL is a game changer; breathable, natural goose down with a water repellent treatment that sheds water and retains loft and importantly, it's all responsibly sourced.
The outer fabric has also been covered in a Durable Water Repellent finish to give you extra protection against the rain. This DWR finish bonds to the textile fibers to make them water resistant by forcing water to bead on the surface and therefore preventing water from saturating the fabric.
The engineered hood folds and zips into a high collar, and the stuff sack on the neck/hood can be used as an ingenious travel pillow, and as the jacket is made from down, it’s super comfy! It packs down to a really good size, which would make it very easy to fit into a day pack. The hood is very comfortable and sits well on your head, and you can get away with leaving a scarf at home, as the high neck keeps your neck warm and comfy.
If you’re not keen on the larger profile down jackets that you often see on the market, the Yatra has a slim low profile look. It has a great fitting and yet would allow you to wear a thicker garment underneath if you wanted some extra warmth.
I’m not a huge fan of gloves, and so soft and warm pockets are useful when trying to keep my hands warm. The super soft Tricot-lined fleece inside the snug pockets, that allow you to hide your hands away. They seriously keep them nice and warm. I think this is my favorite feature of the whole jacket.
If you often wear jackets that when you pull the zip up rubs on your chin, then you’ll find that you won’t get that with the Yatra. It has a Tri-Cot-lined chin guard for added comfort. This is the same material that’s inside the pockets, so no zip’s digging in, just a super soft material to rest on your face when shielding it from the wind (as you can see in the video below - it was windy!)
The jacket also has an internal chest pocket for extra storage with a port for a media device, so no leads dangling around when trying to listen to music.
If you’re looking for an all round slim fitting jacket then I’d recommend the Yatra jacket, it’s surprisingly warm despite it’s low profile, and would make a perfect addition to your day pack. I know I'll be using it for paragliding towards the end of the year!
You can buy the Yatra goose Down Travel Jacket HERE at a sale price of around $300