This is a vintage Original Rocky Mountain Featherbed Down Vest. We estimate that this is a vest from the 70's. The condition of this vest is very good. You can tell that it's been worn and it has a beautiful patina on the yoke, but there are no scratches, rips or tears, the nylon exterior and interior looks like new. The zipper on the inner pocket runs smooth and the buttons works perfectly.
This is a true icon when it comes to the history of functional outdoor clothes. The Rocky Mountain Featherbed vest was originally made back in the 1960's and the idea was to take the traditional western style garments and combine them with the new technical materials to make outdoor garments for a new era to be worn by lovers of the great outdoors. The jacket made of sturdy nylon filled with down combined with the Cowboy aesthetic using a typical western shoulder yoke became a hit and could soon be seen in every other ski slope!
The body of this vest is made of nylon(outer & inner) and and the filling is goose down, the lower pockets are made with two compartments one of witch can be closed with velcro. The vest also has one inner pocket that closes with a YKK zipper. The yoke is made of yellow genuine leather.
It's quite surprising how light yet warming this vest is. The explanation
is that the nylon taffeta works like down packs, enabling the tri-layered structure of fabric, down and then nylon fabric again.
It significantly lightens the garment while improving the insulation.
If you are interested in further reading. Read Douglas article on a original Rocky Mountain Featherbed vest that he wrote some years ago.
This vest is labeled 40, and when comparing to modern garments it's similar in size to a size small. Please see our measurements and compare to garments you already own.
- Vintage Rocky Mountain Featherbed Nylon Down
- Color Blue exterior and yellow interior, with yellow yoke
- Size 40
- Outer layer 100% nylon
- Lining 100% nylon
- Insulation goose down
- Yoke 100% genuine leather
- Made in USA
All measurements are in centimeters and measured on a flat surface. Width is measured straight across the chest from armpit to armpit. The length is measured at the back of the garment from the neck down.