Everyone in the PNW knows the need to have a solid winter weather top. For most of the state, a super bulky and super-cold-tested jacket is nice, but not altogether necessary most of the time. What IS necessary is functional outerwear for those November-February days that can withstand those 35-40+ degree temperatures. I recently checked out the Elevenate Motion Down Jacket, an insulated jacket that is equal parts style, comfort, and construction. It is midweight, yet holds up perfectly well for Pacific Northwest winters (and beyond).
Before getting into the jacket itself, I want to promote Elevenate’s commitment to environmental responsibility:
We believe that one step towards reducing environmental impact is not to consume more than necessary. In practice, this means that we want our products to have a sustainable design: longevity, high quality, good durability – criteria for minimising negative environmental impact. Our garments should be able to be worn for many years.
Wherever possible, we use bluesign approved or recycled materials. Being a business gives us many opportunities to make a difference, which is why environmental work is and must remain a natural part of our decision-making processes. Elevenate AB works for ecologically sustainable development by:
- Making carefully considered choices.
- Striving to give our products good longevity.
- Choosing high quality textiles.
- Trying to practice what we preach and promote environmental awareness among our employees.
- Believing that small steps move us forward towards great results.
- Evaluating environmental and conservation issues in all our decision-making. Fulfilling legislated requirements.
The Motion Down Jacket is extremely versatile. It is nice enough to wear out on the town on a chilly evening, but isn’t too flashy to not use when tossing on to do some yardwork in the rain. Basically, it’s easily appropriate for a cold weather hike or as a post-race warm up tool. It is also quite comfortable, so much so that I sometimes hate taking it off. In fact, as I’m writing this, it is 2:30pm on New Year’s Eve and I haven’t taken it off yet because I feel like I’m being casually hugged by the Motion. It’s that nice.
Sizing: As someone who typically wears a Large in most instances, I found that the sizing was pretty consistent. If you fall between two sizes, and are wanting a roomier fit to layer, then go up. If you are looking for a more slimming profile, choose the lower one. I also really appreciate the length of the sleeves, something that individuals with longer arms (myself included) struggle to find.
Construction (from website):
- White goose down 95/5
- Fill power 750 cuin, European standard
- 100% polyamide, PFC-Free, DWR
- Strategic placement of synthetic insulation in critical areas, such as the shoulders and elbows
- Front collar with brushed tricot on the chin guard for comfort
- Pre-shaped sleeves
- Zippered insulated hand pockets
- Lycra finish at sleeves and bottom to minimize bulk around sleeve cuffs
- Blue Cobalt
- Cdm Yellow (pictured)
- Blue Sapp
Spending over $200 for a jacket may be something you have a difficult time pulling the trigger on. However, investing in a solid coat in Oregon is not only recommended, but necessary. But fear not, if you are not completely satisfied with your purchase, you can return your garments within 14 days of the day you received the package.
More about Elevenate:
Founded in Åre in 2010, Elevenate is shaped by the culture of a modern mountain resort. Here, designer and competitive freeskier Sara Rönngren and UIAGM mountain guide Jimmy Odén realised their vision of high-quality apparel that they wanted to wear in and around the mountains. Well-tailored, long-lasting garments that let you move freely, in any conditions – and you’ll look great along the way.
Since then, Elevenate has grown to include a whole range of performance and casual wear suitable for the mountain and the valley, or anywhere in between. Garments that let you ski, run, bike, climb and breathe – or just enjoy relaxing by a quiet river.
For us, modern mountain life culture is more a state of mind than a location, so we seize every opportunity to promote our vision beyond its original habitat. We’re passionate skiers and almost as enthusiastic about anything else the mountains have to offer for play and recreation – no matter the season.
But while reaching out to the world, some things remain the same. We’re still based in Åre and our designs are inspired by and tested in the mountains on our doorstep. We’re dedicated to excellent fit and use only the best materials. And we go to great lengths to make clothing that you can wear, love and combine for a long, long time – in the mountains or wherever you want to enjoy modern mountain life culture.
Thank you to Eleventate for providing us with a sample jacket. Please read our transparency page for info on how we do our reviews.