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Product: NESSH Women’s Lightweight Down Jacket

Brand: Dark Peak

November 19, 2019

Bottom Line

Congratulations, Dark Peak, you’ve done something I didn’t think was possible: you’ve made me like cold weather. When I wear this jacket, I feel like I’m actually wearing a hug from Santa Claus. Bring on the winter weather, baby.

Field Notes

Dark Peak was kind enough to send me one of their NESSH Lightweight Down Jackets in return for some honest feedback. I’ve been loyal to my North Face ThermoBall for about 8 years now, and I’ve been hesitant to make the shift to real down despite its high warmth to weight ratio due to its vulnerability to moisture. Dark Peak promises to combat this with its water resistant DWR coating, so I figured I would give it a spin.

testing environment

Several excursions in Southern Utah during a freak cold snap.


  • Equipped with 4 interior elastics that keep it tight around your head even in windy weather
  • In addition to two large exterior zipper pockets, there are two huge interior pockets at the sides and one zipper pocket at the chest
  • Weighs only 11.3 oz
  • Stuffs into its own pocket
  • Interior fabric along the front of the neck is lined with a small fleece chin guard


  • The insert pin of the two way YKK zipper would fail to disengage from the sliders at the bottom of the track