Before getting into the nitty gritty of this product review we feel a disclaimer is necessary. This winter was the coldest on record in 30 years in Lumberville. It literally snowed for 8 months straight this year, so we had a LOT of opportunities to test the Hybridge Hoody. We feel confident that the Hybridge Hoody got our full winter attention.
The Hybridge Hoody by Canada Goose blends the advantages of a soft shell jacket with the warmth of 750 fill power hutterite white duck down. With the added bonus of a hood for cold and windier days, this jacket is rated between 0-15 degrees Celsius. On paper this jacket is rated between 0 to minus 15 degrees Celsius, but we found the jacket to be cooler on the lower end of the rating spectrum (due to the non-down arms). We often found the need to layer with a base merino wool long-sleeve, or something similar like a thin hoodie in the city walking the dog.
Available in blue, red, and black; the Hybridge Hoody sports a slim fit ideal for svelte lumberjacs like us. This jacket definitely has style, and we won’t be surprised if we see a few copycats next season. The Hybridge is made in Canada and it shows. Nothing is overlooked or compromised, and considerable attention has been paid to the littlest detail that becomes very important in technical apparel. We’ve had the fortune of testing the Hybridge Hoody for over 5 months and it’s showing no sign of its age, it literally looks and feels like we just cracked it out of the box.
We own a few down jackets that all serve different purposes. We have a lighter-weight packable down jacket for backpacking, a couple down vests for those “in-between” days, and a heavy-duty down jacket for those bone chilling days when your eyes almost freeze shut just shoveling the walk. The Hybridge Hoody, we feel, fills a niche in our down jacket collection. Much like Goldey Locks and the Three Brown Bears, this jacket isn’t too heavy, or too light, it’s just right for our urban and mountain adventures. Specifically, the water resistant, wind proof fabric and the Thermal Mapping down placement technology are unique. The two hand down-filled pockets which are secured with a YKK reversible coil zipper offers a place to keep your hands warm or store your goods, something that is missing from our lightweight jackets. The hood is a nice feature that we often use when a toque just doesn’t cut it with blowing snow and occasional sleet. Although the hood and high collar closure is rad, we found if your Hybridge isn’t sized to your body type you might find the wind can catch above the neck and travel down your chest.
One unique feature of the Hybridge is the soft shell arms created using Polartech Powershield pro fabric allows water to bead off the fabric and works as claimed. The articulation in the elbow area is another nice feature that allows for greater range of motion that is more ergonomically designed compared to our other down jackets. For example, this range of motion was helpful when cross county skiing and felt no restrictions in our arm extensions. The arms are designed slightly longer so you won’t have to deal with wrist creep, and the recessed stretch cuffs help keep the wind and cold out when you do extend your arms.
As a bearded lumberjac one feature we LOVE about the jacket is the brushed tricot liner around the neck. We absolutely loathe getting our beard hairs plucked by chin zippers that are almost as torturous as having to sit through a Nickleback show. Thank-you Canada Goose for sparing us from painful beard-hair removal.
The Hybridge Hoody does fit snug so you’ll definitely need to try before you buy, or opt for one size larger than you normally get. Although we really dig the Hybridge Hoody, we will gladly trade in our down apparel for shorts and flip flops for an opportunity to tan our pasty lumberjac skin.
Prep for next season and get you Hybridge Hoody here.