SMOL: A 6in1 All-Weather Reversible Jacket Review

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Making a warm yet lightweight and packable winter jacket is no mean feat but the SMOL 6 in 1 jacket is all this and more. It is super warm yet amazingly lightweight and packs down small enough to fit in a backpack or carry-on luggage making it easy to bring along when traveling or having fun in the great outdoors so you’re prepared for whatever the weather has in store for you.

Composed of a reversible vest and jacket with a hood, it is incredibly versatile and gives you the flexibility to wear it in 6 different ways. The vest is ideal for spring and chilly summer nights while the hooded jacket is perfect for fall. In the winter, you can zip the vest and jacket together to form a super warm winter puffer jacket that can keep you warm and toasty in temperatures as low as -4F/-20C degrees.

Featuring a wind and water-resistant yet breathable exterior, this jacket has you covered come rain or shine and is comfortable enough to wear when active. The 400T nylon shell is also tough enough to resist ripping when worn in rugged environments. 

Features

Most warm winter jackets are too bulky to carry around easily and most lightweight and packable puffer jackets aren’t warm enough for winters. The SMOL 6in1 all-weather reversible jacket that packs small excels in both areas and this is why it is such a popular jacket. It enables travelers and outdoor adventurers to pack and travel light without sacrificing warmth when the temperatures take a dip. It is also super versatile and can be worn in 6 different ways. This flexibility and the wind and water-resistant nylon shell make it an all-weather jacket that you can wear all-year-round.

The THERMOLITE® insulation is what makes the SMOL an outstanding jacket. Its insulating efficiency is as good as that of down insulation but without the negatives. It is fluffy and incredibly warm while also being super compressible without losing its shape. It also has a moisture-resistant treatment that prevents it from clumping in wet conditions.

THERMOLITE® insulation is made of GRS certified 100% recycled fibers so you can enjoy the warmth and luxurious comfort with peace of mind knowing that no animals were harmed in the making of this jacket. The company also plants a tree for each SMOL jacket sold. Here are the features that make up the SMOL jacket:

  • Ultralight, super packable and comes with a travel pouch 
  • Eco-friendly insulation made of 100% recycled fibers – no animal cruelty
  • Both the vest and jacket have a reversible design 
  • Vest and hooded jacket can be zipped into one warm winter jacket  
  • Windproof and water-resistant yet breathable 400T nylon exterior
  • Heavy-duty snag-free zippers for a smooth operation
  • The high collar keeps the neck warm and eliminates the need for a scarf
  • Drawstring hood and elasticized cuffs and hem seal out the cold and wind
  • Two big and roomy exterior zippered pockets, great for keeping hands warm
  • Two spacious zippered pockets on the inside perfect for secure storage
  • Machine washable on cold gentle cycle
  • Available in styles and sizes for both men and women

Specifications

Specifications_(2)General:

Women’s Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL, 2XL

Men’s Sizes: S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL

Material: 400T-Nylon

Filing: Thermolite T-Down

Color Options: Black & Grey, Sage & Navy, or Beige & Wine

Warranty: 6 Months

Vest:

Weight: 385g/0.85lbs

Packed Size: 12.5 x 21cm/5 x 81/4in

Comparable Fill Power: 500 

Temperature Rating: 32F – 59F/0C – 15C

Hooded Jacket: 

Weight: 590g/1.3 lbs.

Packed Size: 12.5 x 21cm/5 x 81/4in

Comparable Fill Power: 500

Temperature Rating: 14F – 50F/ -10 – 10C

Vest + Hooded Jacket Combo:

Weight: 975g/2.15lbs

Packed Size: 18 x 27cm/7 x 101/2in

Comparable Fill Power: 1000

Temperature Rating: -4F – 50F/-20C – 10C

User Experience

User_Experience_(2)Sizing, Fit, and Comfort: The SMOL jacket is available in styles and sizes for both men and women. Easy-to-follow instructions on how to take your measurements and detailed size charts are provided so figuring out what size to order for the best fit is easy. The fluffy insulation and soft exterior fabric offer comfort in all conditions. The nylon fabric is also breathable so you won’t get too hot and sweaty in this jacket if you’re running, hiking, skiing, or riding.

Packability: What good is a warm and cozy puffer jacket if you don’t have it when you need it most! The SMOL 6in1 all-weather reversible jacket that packs small is designed to ensure you don’t find yourself in this situation. Thanks to the incredibly compressible filing, it packs down impressively small and fits into the handy carry pouch it comes with.

Packed with the vest or jacket alone, the pouch measures approximately 5 x 8 1/4 inches. The bigger pouch measures approximately 7 x 10 1/2 inches when packed with both the vest and the jacket. It will easily fit even in a backpack, carry-on luggage, duffel bag, or vehicle. It is also super lightweight thus won’t weigh you down whether you’re on the trails or the streets.        

Insulation and Warmth: The right choice of filling is probably the most important thing for a packable winter jacket. It should be thick and warm and compressible without losing its shape and fluffiness. The THERMOLITE® T-Down insulation the SMOL vest and jacket are filled with ticks all these boxes.

Compared to down insulation, the jacket has an equivalent fill power of 500, which is perfect for fall weather. The vest also has a comparable fill power of 500 and will protect you in the spring and on chilly summer nights.

Facing the harshest winter conditions? Just connect the vest and jacket using the connecting zipper and you will have an extremely warm winter jacket with an equivalent fill power of 1000, which is enough to keep you toasty warm in -4F to 50F/-20C to 10C temperatures.

Weather Protection: The fluffy THERMOLITE® T-Down insulation with a high fill power offers excellent protection from the cold. Depending on how intense the cold is, you can choose to wear the vest alone, the hooded jacket, or link up the vest and jacket to stay toasty warm in extremely cold conditions. The best thing about this insulation is that it has a water-resistant treatment. It won’t clump up and lose its insulating properties if you happen to get rained on.  

The SMOL also offers excellent protection from other weather elements. The exterior fabric is water-resistant and windproof and does a great job of breaking the wind and protecting you from snow and light rain. The high collar design, hood with drawstring, elastic cuffs, and hemlock in warmth and seal out the elements. Positioned where your hands rest and roomy enough to accommodate even gloved hands, the exterior pockets are perfect for keeping your hands warm.

Pockets: Both the jacket and the vest feature two zippered hand pockets and two more zippered pockets on the inside. When wearing the vest and jacket connected, you’ve got eight roomy pockets to work with. The two exterior pockets on the sides are perfect for keeping hands warm while the inner pockets offer secure storage space.

Durability and Maintenance: If the Qubix packing cubes are anything to go by, Lite Travel offers quality products that last. The construction quality of the SMOL vest and jacket indicates it is built to keep you warm and toasty for many seasons to come. The premium-quality, high fill power insulation compresses well without degrading. Unlike down, it doesn’t shed so you won’t find yourself covered in feathers.

The exterior fabric is a 400T nylon shell, which is a strong skin that can resist scratches and rips even when worn in areas with brush and rough terrain. Thanks to the reversible design, it will also take a long time for the natural wear to show. The zippers are heavy-duty and designed for smooth performance. Cleaning the jacket is easy. Just throw it in a washing machine on a cold gentle cycle and let it drip dry away from direct sunlight.  

Pros

  • Convenient to carry wherever you go
  • High-quality insulation with superior performance
  • Suitable for all weather conditions and seasons
  • Reversible vest and jacket can be worn in six different ways
  • Handy pockets for warming hands and secure storage space
  • Wind, water, and tear-resistant exterior
  • Cruelty-free and eco-friendly insulation  
  • Easy to wash and dries quickly

Cons

  • It doesn’t pack into its pocket. It stuffs into a separate travel pouch

Overall Rating

Overal_RatingDesign: 95% – Made by travelers for travelers, the SMOL 6in1 all-weather reversible jacket that packs small is designed with the attention to detail that matters for performance, comfort, and ease of traveling. It also looks great and comes in both neutral and gorgeous color combinations.     

Material: 95% – 400T nylon is a great choice of material. It won’t allow moisture and wind to pass through and it won’t rip easily. The filing is also fantastic. Its warmth-factor is as good as that of down and it doesn’t lose its insulating ability in wet conditions. Made of recycled fibers, the insulation is eco-friendly and cruelty-free.

Price: 100% – If this jacket sounds impressive, you will be blown away by its price tag. Lite Travel wanted to offer a high-quality travel jacket at an affordable price and they have delivered. You get the features you would expect in a high-end jacket – premium insulation with a high fill power, tough outer fabric, high-quality zippers, and meticulous craftsmanship – but at a significantly less cost. They also offer reduced international shipping costs.

Overall: 96% – A 6in1 all-weather reversible jacket that packs small, the SMOL is the ultimate puffer jacket for travel. Making a winter jacket lightweight and packable without sacrificing warmth and durability is no easy feat but the SMOL jacket manages it thanks to the innovative filing it uses.  

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The biggest challenge when traveling with a winter jacket is packability. The SMOL 6in1 all-weather reversible jacket that packs small solves this challenge without sacrificing warmth. It is warm enough to keep you toasty even in the harshest winter but packs down well to enable you to travel without bulk whether you’re commuting to work, going sightseeing, working out, or exploring the great outdoors. If you want a jacket that is warm but not heavy and bulky, you can’t go wrong with the SMOL. With it in your bag, backpack, suitcase, or car, you’re covered come rain or shine. It also looks good and you will be able to wear it in six different ways.

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