Volant Jacket

A perpetual favorite in the Feathered Friends line, the Volant marks the transition from sewn-through construction to a fully baffled garment. Used extensively by the climbing rangers on Rainier, the Volant Jacket is the Feathered Friends recommendation for Northwest summit attempts as well as for chilly use in South America, smaller peaks in Alaska, and the lower Himalaya.

Ideal For: Mountaineering, Winter Camping, Ice Climbing, General Cold Weather Use

SuperTopo Editor's Choice 2013
Winner of the 2013 Editor's Choice Award from OutdoorGearLab! Read Review

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• Tuck stitched & baffled construction
• Riri #5 2-way wind/water resistant main zipper
• Removable hood with drawcord and Velcro sealed storm flap
• Insulated hand warmer pockets
• Two zippered interior pockets
• Taslite reinforced sleeves and shoulders
• Lycra cuff and hem


Fit Expedition
Garment Shell Fabric Pertex® Shield® XT waterproof/breathable
Fill Power 850+ Goose Down
Fill Weight 11 oz / 311 g (medium)
Packed Weight 1 lb 12 oz / 794 g (medium)
Packed Size 7" x 10" | 9L
Front Zipper Length 27.5" / 70 cm (medium)
Origin Manufactured in the USA from imported materials

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  1. The coziest thing you will ever wear

    by Mark York on Nov 21, 2014

    I purchased my Volant 19 years ago. I like to stay warm, so I use it for an outer shell, light rain coat and heavy winter coat. When the temperature drops to single digits, I found this coat zips into a heavy gortex shell. Be careful, this combo is so toasty, you will find yourself easily sweating even at those extreme temperatures.

    The Volant packs small, is incredibly warm, bomb proof (although not barbed wire proof) and has been my number one winter outerwear for almost 20 years now. I keep thinking of buying another, but can't find any reason to retire this one. Thank you Feathered Friends.
  2. Fit

    by Rob on Apr 20, 2014

    Sorry for posting this in the review area but I would like to know if the Volant is too bulky to fit under an 'athletic cut' Goretex shell.

    Hi Rob,

    The Volant has a considerable amount of loft, and wouldn't really fit under a shell jacket. Since it has Pertex Shield shell fabric, it is most often worn over other layers.

    Thanks for the question!
    -Feathered Friends
  3. Price

    by FreeFlowin on Feb 24, 2014

    Did the price of this coat go up from what Outdoor Gear Lab states just because it was picked as their #1 coat? Their review was in spring 2013 and I have been looking at these since fall 2013. Sorry not a review, just an inquiry.

    Hi FreeFlowin,
    Indeed the price has increased, but it is unrelated to the review from OutdoorGearLab. The main reason is the cost of goose down has skyrocketed in recent years, with the past year seeing a significant increase. This has impacted nearly every brand that makes down products. You can read a brief synopsis from Outside Magazine here: http://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-gear/gear-shed/gear-guy/Is-the-Price-of-Down-Set-to-Skyrocket.html

    Thanks for your question!
    Feathered Friends
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