It Ain’t the Ghost Whisperer!

However, at $17.28 including shipping from ShamSuiPo, I, for one, am not going to be arguing. The GW goes for $319.

When I was at a hang this Spring with my friend Iuri, I admired the jacket he had on assuming it to be a Ghost Whisperer… he’s a hip, young, upwardly mobile kind of guy who has the money for that type of thing. He said, “no, China”. So, when we were getting blown around by the lake winds up at the kayak hang recently, and I really wished I had some kind of a lightweight, but warm coat, I thought enviously of Iuri’s. When I got back, I looked ’em up on ALiBaba and ordered one. I don’t think I could’ve been happier even if I had the opportunity to actually try it on. For my needs, and at my kind of the price, it’s perfect… light, comfortable, warm, sufficiently wind-proof. I love the color, too. [much more a darker, blue-black than the photo shows] It’s the perfect thing to toss on just after dawn and before the day warms up, or once the evening shadows creep in and the temps drop.

Now… in fairness to the GW it reputedly has more down, and of a kind that is specially treated for loft and water repellency. But it also is only “stitch-thru” construction. $319 is a whole lot of money for a coat that isn’t even baffle-channeled. True, it is designed for layering, with an “active fit” for “climbing in the alpine, long-haul backpacking trips, and peak-bagging bids, where packing light and moving fast is key to reaching your objective”…. I have tried one on and found the fit restrictive on my less-than-fit, sixty-seven year-old body.

Specs~~ GW vs. “Joobox” branded:

  • 7D x 10D ripstop nylon / Polyester
  • claimed garment weight 7 oz / weighed @9.7 oz w/sack
  • down~ Q.Shield 800 fill-down / 90% white duck [no fill rating… seems like 650/700]
  • fill weight~2.6 oz / 2.5 oz
  • no hood on compared models
  • GW is designed to self-stuff into a pocket / Joobox came with a stuff sack
  • Joobox has two zippered slash hand pockets at the side-seams and two large interior, flat, “bag” pockets / GW~unspecified, but does have an adjustable, drawstring hem that the Joobox lacks

These don’t seem like a lot of differences to account for the $300 price differential. However, I don’t own a Ghost Whisperer jacket so I can’t pretend to do any real, considered, comparison here. There might very well be other differences that I am not aware of. That said, the Joobox jacket is my 90%/50% kind of deal [actually for only 5% in this case].

While it is simply specified to be a generic polyester material, I really like the “hand” to the fabric used on the Joobox. Nice and soft to the touch, easy to slide on the sleeves, soft around the neck and under the chin. Maybe it will prove to wear quickly or something. Due to the very large variations between Chinese and Western size charts, I ordered an XXL… while I have never bought anything in XXL before in my life, this was a perfect fit. [It is what I would expect in a men’s “Large” from someplace like Cabelas or L.L. Bean]. It is also roomy enough not to bind, and to allow for layering.

The Joobox’s one odd feature is that it came with the front zipper reversed… I expect to hold the pull in my right hand, and feed the little tang into it with my left. I am not certain, but I believe that women’s fashions may have the zipper reversed like this. This one was listed under “Men’s Wear”, was most definitely shown on a bearded male model, and is definitely not cut for a woman’s figure… Again, at this price I am not complaining. Oh, and in the stuff sack, it goes down to the size of a 12oz soda. I’ll give the bag a silicon/hydrophobic treatment with Atsko spray and be good to go. I also plan on spraying the entire jacket [exterior] with the Permethrin semi-permanent insect repellent to help keep the lil’ buggers at bay.

>> Good Deal / Highly Recommended <<

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One of Life’s Unanswerable Questions…

“Can a guy have too many hats…?”

If you bought this one, the answer is probably, “YES !”… Even at $6.85 US.

I am not a big fan of camo. I have one coat that is essentially a camo military BDU with a hooded sweatshirt liner. It’s a nice coat that only cost me about $15 at WallyWorld a few years ago. But it is a bit heavy to take along if you’re going camping. It’s also non-weatherproofed cotton, and so is prone to getting pretty soggy if it gets wet out. It does it have those great mil-spec pouch pockets that lets you stuff in a lot of gear, and there are upper, slash-pockets for your hands in addition to the big patch ones down lower. It’s a great coat in fall for just taking a meander in the woods since you can carry along so much just in the pockets… As long as somebody doesn’t mistake you for a deer. [Good Idea #1: Wear Orange in the Fall !!]

None of my actual camping/hammocking gear or tarps is in camo. Just not interested, and I like to be able to see my stuff when the light gets dim. It’s hard enough not tripping over my guy-lines.

However, for about that same $6.85 US, I did buy this nice, low crown, BDU-style cap in “fallen leaves” camo outta Sham Shui Po at some point in the past few years…  Cotton, with a full cotton top-lining, and a Velcro backstrap it was one of those deals that you would pay $30 for at a Cabela’s, or Bass Pro Shop… $23 bucks more… all for a sewn-in brand tag that cost $.13.

 

It fits nice and low on your head, so the brim provides really great shade. I broke it out this morning to sit in the sun out on the front porch and warm myself in the snow glare. Figgured it was worth showing… Then I found the “gillhie” hat and knew I had to do a post.

Totally Worthless Factoid: back when men still wore fedoras, “Looks like you need a new hat…” was Brooklyn slang for a twenty dollar bribe… 

 

[sorry, no link for my hat… Seems to no longer be offered]