Readers might remember this image from my April trip to Zion National Park, and a few others. Most of the imagery in the July 2018 Western Mountaineering catalog is mine (front and rear cover, inside jacket, all the background images).
As far as I know, Western Mountaineering makes the finest down products available anywhere at any price*—jackets and sleeping bags and more that are made to last a lifetime, which is why I have been using them for years.
You can read specifications and do a compare-by-numbers for down quality and be misled, or get the Real Deal—WM is the real deal for goose down quality few people have ever had the pleasure of experiencing. That green jacket in the 2011 image further below is *still* the one I am wearing today (although I bought a few spares, I have not needed to resort to them).
The items I have should be good the rest of my life, and not just for hiking—for example, the Western Mountaineering Flash XR down jacket does duty in many contexts for me.
Western Mountaineering products are made in the USA in San Jose, CA—I have visited the factory twice.
* I’m excluding rarefied $500/pound Eiderdown from that statement.
Images from the Leica M9 still look great 7 years later.