I just received the Bastion Hoodie yesterday and was impressed the moment I put it on. Thanks to the new Polartec Power Fill insulation, the jacket retains all the warmth without all the bulk of traditional winter jackets. I wouldn’t say the jacket is an athletic fit, but there is no unnecessary bulk anywhere.
More on the new Polartec Power Fill From the Triple Aught Design website
The Bastion Hoodie provides key fortification against frigid weather, allowing you to go further and stay longer.
Made in the USA and insulated with Polartec® Power Fill™, Bastion evolves the classic belay jacket, maximizing heat retention with less bulk and weight. Stowed into its hunter’s pocket until needed, Bastion provides instant shelter when the mercury drops. Power Fill’s less-bulky insulation means that Bastion will layer more comfortably under a shell in cold, wet weather, and take up less room in your pack than other synthetic insulation.
Everything about this jacks absolutely rocks. The material seems to be durable, placement of the pockets are damn near perfect. There is even a hunter style pocket in the small of the back.
Another feature that impressed me out of the gate was the multiple areas on the jacket to cinch it down in order to prevent cold air from entering. You can cinch the hood around your head, the neck area (to almost act as a neck gator) and around the bottom of the jacket.
I plan on getting this jacket out onto the trail in the cold winter weather over the next few weeks. I’ll have a more in-depth review up after the field testing. In the meantime check out the following video from Triple Aught Design highlighting the Bastion Hoody. Oh and let us not forget to mention, it’s MADE IN THE USA!
Photos courtesy of Triple Aught Design