Lifelabs megawarm jacket review
When you first see it, the lifelabs megawarm jacket looks like a simple winter coat. That's because it is — it has a hood, pockets and cuffed sleeves, all of which are common to most winter jackets.
What makes the lifelabs megawarm jacket so impressive is its high CLO rating (which means it's a high-performing, thermally efficient technical outerwear piece) and its eco-friendly design. As a new company focused on cold-weather outfitting, lifelabs follows the motto “less is more,” relying on thermally efficient fabric to reduce environmental impact and increase durability without compromising warmth.
The 9.25 CLO value is a result of the MegaWarm's unique WarmLife technology, which reflects 100 percent of radiant body heat back at the wearer using a nano-layer of aluminum that is less than a paper clip's worth. It also uses 800 fill power ethically sourced goose down and 87% recycled materials to create a jacket that's lighter, more packable and less bulky than similar products.
It’s also designed to be breathable and retain heat while remaining lightweight, thanks to clever zoned insulation that can be pushed out of the way while moving freely. This includes hydrophobic 800-fill power European goose down, 'Stratus' synthetic insulation and uninsulated underarm panels that improve mobility and breathability.
The MegaWarm also features storm flaps that keep rain out of vulnerable zips. Its full length YKK cam-lock zipper is easy to operate single-handedly and locks tightly when you push it down. It also has a pockets panel on the rear, which employs highly reflective pixel 100 fabric to boost visibility when driving in low-visibility conditions.