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EMS Men's Icarus Down Vest

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  • EMS Men's Icarus Down Vest

    Ideal for cold-weather outings, this ultralight vest is insulated with 800-fill water-resistant down.

    Features/Benefits:

    • 800-fill DownTek-treated goose down keeps you warm even in wet conditions
    • DWR shell finish sheds light rain and snow
    • Packs into its own internal chest pocket
    • Can be worn alone or as part of a layering system
    • Zippered front pockets; zippered chest pocket
    • Internal chest pocket with zippered access
    • Draft flap behind front zipper with zipper garage
    • Brushed chin guard for soft comfort
    • Drop-tail hem for added coverage and warmth
    • Hem cinch cords to seal in warmth

    Fiber Content: Shell: 100% nylon ripstop, Lining: 100% nylon taffeta
    Country of Origin: Imported

  • EMS Men's Icarus Down Vest

    EMS_Sale Yes
    Packability Highly compact
    Insulation Type Down
    Removable Liner No
    Back Length 29 in.
    Fit Regular
    Hood No
    Insulation 800-fill goose down, 2.8 oz.
    Snow Skirt No
    Ventilation N/A
    Waterproof Material N/A
    Weight 9.6 oz.
    Waterproof No
    Activity/BreathabilityLev N/A
    Construction N/A
    Fleece Weight N/A
    Insulation Rating Warmest

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Eastern Mountain SportsEMS Men's Icarus Down Vest
 
4.5

(based on 17 reviews)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (12), Yes (3)

      Reviewed by 17 customers

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      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Lightweight + a bit extra warmth

      By Jimmy

      from Boston, MA

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Lightweight
      • Thin

      Cons

      • Not very warm

      Best Uses

        Comments about Eastern Mountain Sports EMS Men's Icarus Down Vest:

        This is essentially the Icarus jacket without the sleeves. I bought this vest to wear under my winter jacket when the weather here gets severely cold and windy, and for this purpose, the vest is great.

        The 800-fill down is an excellent feature, typically reserved for more expensive jackets. However, there isn't very much of it (the vest is only a bit thicker than 1cm at the thickest parts). And the sewn-through design (as opposed to a baffle box design) means that the vest is almost paper-thin at the stitches.

        Altogether, despite the "warmest" insulation rating in the technical specs, the vest is less focused on warmth than on being lightweight and packable. But for a little extra warmth (e.g., layered under another jacket or indoor) the vest is great. (I imagine it'll also be good for chilly spring or fall days, but I haven't tried it in those seasons yet.)

        Aside from that, the fabric has a smooth finish and feels good; I like the way the logo over the front (left chest) is almost invisible; and the drop-tail hem helps keep the butt warm when standing. The zippers don't have the smoothest sliding action, but they're YKK zippers, so I don't think they'll be a problem. I'd prefer a slightly slimmer waist, but you probably have a different body shape.

        Inside, the extra lining in the front is a nice touch. There's one too many tags inside (the top two should probably be combined into one).

        Note that there is no hood (even though the technical specs says there is).

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Love this vest

        By Love to hike

        from Venice, CA

        Pros

        • very warm

        Cons

        • Needs deeper pockets

        Best Uses

          Comments about Eastern Mountain Sports EMS Men's Icarus Down Vest:

          Awesome vest. Wouldn't complain at full price, but super happy to get this on sale. Warmer than my Patagonia 800 fill vest and every bit as warm as my mountain hardware 800 fill vest that I just noticed has very big arm holes, as compared to the Patagonia and my ems vest. This ems vest does not have elastic cuffs around the arms like the two aforementioned vests, but it fits just as good around the arms if not better. In fact, I like not having the elastic around the arms (which I think looks girly) mainly because the cut of the ems vest fits so well.
          The main reason I wear a vest is because it breathes well and/or keeps you warm, under activity or by a campfire with a quality pit-zipped shell.
          My only nit pick on this vest is the pockets are not as deep as my other vests, which allow you to burrow your hands and arms when caught on a cold day without sleeves.
          This vest did not skimp on pockets though. It has two zippered hand warmer pockets a chest pocket, and along with the full front zipper. plus a inside pocket that is more vertical than horizontal which is a great design.
          Also wanted to mention all four outside zippers have great detail including zipper garages (very nice detail).
          This vest is longer than any other I have worn by 3 inches. No complaints. Water resistant down, cool colors, very quality warm vest. Don't hesitate to buy. With the sale price this is at least five stars. Almost forgot to mention the DWR finish beads rain better than my other vests. Thank you ems.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          5.0

          Great vest

          By Bill

          from wakefield, ri

          Pros

          • Lightweight packable

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Eastern Mountain Sports EMS Men's Icarus Down Vest:

              Nice for outdoors or just to wear around the house...nice blue color

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              3.0

              Nice vest but fit problem for me.

              By Ace Man

              from GA Mountians

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

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                    Comments about Eastern Mountain Sports EMS Men's Icarus Down Vest:

                    I liked the vest, chest pocket a good feature. For me the arm holes were too ig and let too much warmth escape.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No
                     
                    5.0

                    Great Vest

                    By Jeff

                    from new jersey

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Keeps you warm
                    • Very light comfortable

                    Cons

                    • none

                    Best Uses

                    • To Keep Warm

                    Comments about Eastern Mountain Sports EMS Men's Icarus Down Vest:

                    Great vest and warm

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No
                     
                    2.0

                    Odd sizing = Disappointed

                    By JasoninDenver

                    from Denver, CO

                    Comments about Eastern Mountain Sports EMS Men's Icarus Down Vest:

                    I tried both the large and the medium and found the sizing to be so far off that I was not even sure the two vests were the same product. The large fit like a Hefty bag on my 5'11" 185 pound frame with almost six extra inches in the chest. So, I returned it for a medium and found it was like a trim cut vest with no room for any layers underneath.

                    Too bad. Ended up with an Eddie Bauer.

                     
                    4.0

                    Great vest, as advertised.

                    By Rocket Man

                    from Milford, NH

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Length
                    • moisture-resistant
                    • Pockets

                    Cons

                    • Fit Chart A Bit Off

                    Best Uses

                    • By itself on cool days
                    • Layering

                    Comments about Eastern Mountain Sports EMS Men's Icarus Down Vest:

                    Love the long length, four useful zippered pockets and the moisture-resistant quality of this special down. Great as an extra layer for cold days, nice by itself on cool ones. The fit chart was a bit off. I ended up swapping to the next size up after the first one arrived. I was able to go to the nearest EMS store, and they took care of everything, including tracking down my requested next size up, and did all the paperwork. Love the customer service. I am a devoted customer now.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No
                     
                    4.0

                    great purchase

                    By ReyRey

                    from new york, ny

                    Pros

                    • Comfortable
                    • Looks good
                    • Warm

                    Cons

                    • Nothing

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Eastern Mountain Sports EMS Men's Icarus Down Vest:

                      i bought this when it was 50% off and I'm glad i did. It was inexpensive and worth every penny. does the job!

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No
                       
                      5.0

                      Light weight, warm life saving vest

                      By Outdoor man Wanna be

                      from Adirondack Park, NY

                      Pros

                        Cons

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                            Comments about Eastern Mountain Sports EMS Men's Icarus Down Vest:

                            Use as a layering system.
                            Its light weight and warm. I can pack it away into its onwn zipper pocket when not in use. My whole family has one, we all love them. We cant think of any flaws this vest has.

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • Yes
                             
                            5.0

                            Great Vest

                            By MA

                            from MA

                            Pros

                            • Great fit warm
                            • Worn All The Time

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

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