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Western Mountaineering Down Jackets, Sleeping Bags, etc: 2018 Catalog

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).

Download the Western Mountaineering 2018 catalog.

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.

Western Mountaineering July 2018 catalog cover

Images from the Leica M9 still look great 7 years later.

Lloyd Chambers in snow at Patriarch Grove in White Mountains of California,
wearing Western Mountaineering Flash XR jacket and Flash pants, Ibexwear wool jackt over the down jacket
f8 @ 1/500 sec, ISO 80; 2011-11-07 12:52:56
M9 Digital Camera + Super-Elmar-M 21 mm f/3.4 ASPH

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