Mojave Down Jacket: The Total Package

While the bitter bite of winter is still months away, fall can bring its own sting. Although the warm autumn days exist, the setting sun brings dropping temps and the need for warmth on cold nights. Most us welcome the brisk wind at dusk when the light disappears below the horizon, and there’s no better companion in the changing weather than a trusted down jacket. Enter the Mojave, the sarcastic—yet accurate name—for Brooks-Range’s most robust goose down warrior.

Brooks Range Mojave Black

Weighing in at exactly one pound, the hooded 800+ fill Mojave can accommodate a helmet and has an athletic cut with longer arms for alpine pursuits such as ice and mix climbing. Plus, it features horizontal baffles that prevent balling and a sleek Pertex Quantum face fabric that is wind and downproof, while maintaining a high strength-to-weight ratio as well as high abrasion resistance. Simply put, the Mojave is a go-to safety blanket that is appropriate for any and all mountain enthusiasms.

Let’s begin with some science on fill levels. Down jackets with a high fill power can better resist compression forces, so they tend to loft higher and trap more air, making them warmer. As with down sleeping bags with a higher fill rating, down jackets need less insulation by weight to provide the same level of warmth. The jacket’s high 800+ fill rating is going to be very warm (why we named it after the Mojave Desert!) and very light, keeping you toasty in much colder temperatures.

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The Mojave is an all rounder, built to withstand the rigors of winter camping, backcountry skiing and the mercurial mood swings of Mother Nature on those alpine climbing outings. Like their down sleeping bags, Brooks Range’s Mojave uses DownTek-treated goose down, a hydrophobic treatment that keeps moisture at bay and you drier, a potentially life saving action in the high peaks. Even during cold and wet storms, moisture can permeate into untreated down feathers from the outside in, or inside out during high output activities. When molecules of moisture encounter DownTek, the moisture is forced to collect into a sphere shape and roll off the down cluster rather than soaking into it. That sounds fancy, but it means that if the moisture can’t collect on the plumes of the down, you don’t sweat out the down during arduous ascents, nor do you loose loft from wetter weather.

Because the Mojave is featherweight, compressible and resilient to the whims of Old Man Winter, there’s never a reason not to bring it on any adventure—whether it’s in the mountains, on river trips, or the occasional car camping stint for late season desert cragging and mountain biking. It’s one less choice you’ll ever need to make.

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ICYMI: The Importance of Sunscreen

Remember a couple of blogs we published last year on sunscreen? Well, the issue is still important and recently, a video went viral that powerfully demonstrates the hidden effects of sun exposure (UV radiation) on the skin and how sunscreen can help mitigate this problem. While the video is a bit shocking, it will also, hopefully, encourage people to use sunscreen more effectively and more regularly. Skin cancer is more prevalent (almost 5 million cases per year) than breast, prostrate, lung, and colon cancers combined!

However, sunscreens, unlike people, are not created equally. There are critical differences in the chemicals used by sunscreen manufacturers to block or absorb UV radiation. The effectiveness and potential harmful side effects of these chemicals and the way that they are marketed and regulated are examined in these previously published blogs, which look at the problem of UV exposure and what to look for in sunscreen. We hope your skin stays safe while you get outside all summer and winter long. (And remember, wear a hat!)

Dr. Kevin

PhD, Brooks-Range Mountaineering Product Ambassador,

Assistant Professor Westfield State University

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Your New Sleeping Bag: Brooks-Range Cloak

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Efficiency is a virtue in the backcountry. So is simplicity. Whether it’s hiking, camping or mountaineering, shaving weight, bulk and mass allow us to streamline our personal scene to keep us lighter, faster and better equipped to meet Mother Nature on her terms. With that school of thought, we have designed a sleeping tool that happens to be both efficient and simple. Enter the Cloak.

WATCH THE CLOAK 15 VIDEO WITH LONG-DISTANCE SPEED HIKER LIZ THOMAS

Because so many campers sleep warm, traditional bags are often too hot and make overnights muggy and uncomfortable. In return, they get a poor night’s sleep. For versed backcountry aficionados, the Cloak sleeping bag series is a smart alternative to camping traditionalism. With three temperature-rated quilts—45, 30 and 15 degrees—the Cloak is a zipperless down blanket that has multi-purpose applications for a myriad of camping needs and demands. Treated with DownTec™ weatherproofing, these 850+ fill goose quilts provide premier loft with maximum compressibility and minimal weight penalty.

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The Cloak features a foot box that accepts sleeping pads to slip snugly into its base so as not to slide off mid-sleep throughout the night. A heavier draft tub circumscribes the bag’s quilted body, and rests warmly over the body to help seal in the sleeper without the feeling of being overly tucked in. It’s just enough to mitigate your optimum body temperature throughout the night, so you sleep well. Restless sleepers take note: The Cloak allows you to writhe all night, poke and prod, and still provide a cozy covering for all-night slumber.

Why goose down? While the argument for duck down versus goose has merit for lower fill levels, when duck plumes get large enough for a high fill power, they becomes more brittle. Compared to goose, duck down also provides less in comfort and overall loft rebound after being compressed throughout the day. Goose down maintains its supple consistent loft that provides maximum warmth and comfort for repeated use over many days. For this reason, we exclusively use goose down in our products.

Cloak 45

Brooks-Range Cloak 45

Designed for a lighter weight option to a standard sleep bag, the Cloak quilts are not for a first time camper, but for someone who never zips up their bag because they are too warm. The Cloak series appeals to fastpackers, climbers, river rats, and scores of backcountry lovers who need a multi-use tool they can employ in several aspects of their day. Drape it around you at camp, sleep with it under the stars, or huddle beneath it during morning coffee before stowing it away for another adventure in the hills. Whatever your pursuits, the Cloak serves as an elegant, trusted and versatile backcountry refuge.

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