ExOfficio, a leader in travel wear, has created the ultimate puffy with the Storm Logic jacket. Loaded with extra features that travelers appreciate, the Storm Logic staves off the chill of winter, unseasonably cool summer weather or overly air-conditioned airplanes. The synthetic insulation means it’s warm even when wet and it compresses easily in a suitcase or backpack. Best of all is a feature that allows the jacket to transform into a travel pillow.
The Storm Logic jacket is made of Primaloft® Sport synthetic insulation with a water-repellent rip-stop nylon outer shell. Handwarmer pockets on the sides are lined with a soft fabric and zip shut for secure storage. Cinch cords allow the bottom of the jacket to be snugged tightly to seal in heat in the coldest temperatures. The internal Travel Pocket System inside is what really sets the ExOfficio jacket apart from other puffies. On the right side is a wide pocket that can hold a passport, slim wallet and other items. It’s not just a pocket, though. It contains a removable pouch that can be attached to the jacket with a zipper for extra security. The pouch is contained in the secured pocket so there is no chance it could be lost or misplaced. On the other side is a zippered pocket for a phone and a pouch for sunglasses. At 16.5 ounces the jacket is lightweight and its compressibility means that it doesn’t take up much space, either. The special Storm Logic features are also found in a vest, longer trench coat and men’s models.
The author usually wears a medium in everything and the medium jacket fit well with just a shirt underneath. It is utilitarian but has a flattering side cut so it doesn’t look too boxy. It comes in four colors but black is the most practical for travel so that was tested overseas.
On a month-long trip through southern Australia, the author tested a variety of ways to pack and utilize the jacket. Its intended use as a travel pillow works well. A long zipper on the inside back panel is unzipped to stuff the jacket in the pocket. A Velcro strap secures the long bolster around the neck to support the head when resting on a plane, train or automobile. Since pillows vary so much in hotel rooms the jacket provided an extra measure of comfort stuffed inside of a small, fleece camping pillowcase that was packed separately. The jacket was sometimes laid out in a suitcase and flattened down easily when the suitcase was closed. Plastic compression bags made for travel were useful when multiple weather zones were encountered. The jacket was inserted into a compression bag, the air was expelled and the flattened bag was placed in the bottom of the suitcase during warm weather stretches. When needed, the jacket was removed, shaken out to fluff it up and it was good to go. This was very handy in Australia, where daytime temperatures varied by up to 70 degrees as frequent blustery storms alternated with heat waves. For a solid week in Tasmania the author lived in the jacket for warmth, sometimes even sleeping in it when temperatures were in the 40s, then appreciated its soft comfort as a pillow when the air warmed up above 100 F.
The pockets inside were heavily utilized but not always for their intended use. Various icon patches sewn inside let the wearer know what the designers were thinking. The upper inside pocket was for a phone, presumably an iPhone, but the reviewer’s larger Android phone was too big for it. No worries, though. The lower pouch, designed for sunglasses, accommodated the phone just fine. The phone compartment, which featured a clear plastic window, worked well to hold the hotel key card as it was easy to spot and prevented fumbling around wondering where it was. The super-secure pouch on the other side contained a travel wallet and passport. It was nice to go on an extended day hike or sightseeing sojourn and know that essential items were safe.
The jacket blocked the wind on blustery days, kept off the rain that came more frequently than one might expect in the Australian summer, and chased away the chill of maritime dampness. It was easily stuffed into a small daypack when the sun came out mid-way through a hike. The jacket was used so much that it was in need of a wash at the end of the trip. After machine washing with cold water on the gentle cycle and line drying the jacket looked like new.
The ExOfficio Storm Logic jacket is ideal for long-term travel when weather is unpredictable, or short-term travel when cool temperatures are expected. The extra features, such as the secure interior pockets and the ability to transform into a travel pillow make it the perfect choice for the serious traveler.
ExOfficio Storm Logic Jacket
Available in four colors: Black, Highlands (forest green), Marina (blue green), Meteor (purple)
The Storm Logic jacket is available from ExOfficio for $150.
Disclaimer: Disclosure of material connection: A sample was received for testing purposes, but the opinions expressed are solely those of the author.