Down - the fine feathers from birds’ undercoats - is revered as an excellent insulator, but a poor pairing for adventure riding and touring. Why? It dries slowly and loses its insulating properties when wet. Plus, it can be expensive and cumbersome to clean. The Solar 2 was built in the feather-light, “puffy” style of popular down jackets, but with high-tech materials that bring everyday versatility to the table.
The PrimaLoft® Gold fill - used in its panels - is comprised of ultra-fine fibers that are individually water treated to create an overall water-repellency, and together they form a tight collection of air pockets that trap heat so well that the fabric retains 96% of its insulating capabilities even when wet. It packs down small enough to be stowed in a jacket’s back-pocket or a pannier side pouch; the perfect travel companion for cold-weather rides.