List Price US $249
Type Puffy
Primary Waterproofing None
Outer Layer Waterproofing DWR
Insulation Type Thinsulate
Taped Seams None
Waterproof Zippers No
Hood Type Detachable Articulating
Powder Skirt No
Jacket to Pant Interface No
Venting None
Meshed Vents No
Layer Count 2 Layer
Waterproof Rating Below 10K
Breathability Rating Below 10K
Manufactured in
Waterproofing Poor
Breathability Average
Warmth Great




2018 Descente Factor jacket Review by A Better Ski

This is a review of the Descente Factor jacket.  A nice insulated puffy style jacket will provide warmth as a mid-layer on colder days and a fashionable option to take out on the town later that evening.  I currently use an item very similar to this one on a daily basis weather it’s positioned under my shell for temperatures in the 20’s or I’ll grab it off the coat rack on the way out to the supermarket or bar.  Puffy’s always have a comforting pillow like feel that just feels super cozy like being safe under your favorite blanket.  Lets check out the other features and see if I should switch my brand.

Special thanks to Kittredge Sports in Mammoth Lakes

Tester: Dan

Size: L

Waterproofing and Breath-ability:  The Descente Factor jacket isn’t isn’t going to be a first choice as a outer-layer on days with rain or heavy wet snow.  Descente does apply a DWR finish which will allow this jacket to repel sporadic and light amounts of moisture.  Generally speaking, the breath-ability on puffy jackets is low and you do not want to be wearing one if you are touring or hiking as your sweat will accumulate and eventually make you feel wet.

Warmth: The Descente Factor jacket is a 100G, 3M THINSULATE FEATHERLESS 700 FILL.  This is a light weight yet highly insulated option to keep you warm on days that drop below freezing levels.  Keep in mind that this jacket should be treated as an insulating layer only and not as protection from wind and water.  If it is cold outside, this layer will work fine.  Add some wind to the equation and you’ll want a wind-proof shell over top or all the heat will be gone with the wind.  Worn under a shell with a thermal base-layer and your good to go in temperatures down into the single digits. Add a fleece to the mix and you’re good to go on most of the coldest of days.

Fit:  I felt like the size of he Descente Factor jacket fit more like a mid-layer than an outer-layer.  It has a shorter feel on the length and sleeves and it seemed that it was designed to be worn under a shell.  If this is how you plan on using the Factor jacket then I would recommend purchasing your usual size.  If your a city guy looking for a warm and cool looking puffy as an outer-layer, better size up.

Features: Micro Tech 20D Rip Stop; DWR; 3M THINSULATE FEATHERLESS 700 FILL; Motion 3D Fit; 100G; Inside Pocket; Removable Hood

Bottom Line: The Descente Factor jacket is a great addition for your cold-day layering strategies.  This jacket provides a layer of light-weight and pack-able warmth to add versatility to your pack and daily routine,  Like I said, I own a jacket very similar to this one and I find that I wear it all the time now whether it be on the slopes under my shell or out around town.

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