Originally Posted by Just Jeff
I was looking at serious down jackets to use for my main winter sleep system. The best I could find was the Nunatak Torre for 26oz and $619...and it's only baffled to 1.5". The NS is thicker and much cheaper...and probably warmer once you pile up all the insulation inside your jacket.
As long as you're not being active, it's a great deal. I wouldn't want to belay someone wearing a NS, though.
Then I found the Whitney Down Jacket kit from thru-hiker.com for $115...it's ~11 oz and 3.5" of loft thru the torso. I'm really considering making one and taking a half-bag for my legs during the winter.
The Nupste is not in the same class as the Nunatek, but they weigh about the same while the Nuptse can be had for under $200. Granted, a lot of NF gear is now trendy and made like crap, but the Nuptse does have 700+ fill.
You're a braver man than me with a half bag. Then again, I like to use my Peapod as a "starting point" when it looks to be below zero. I use the NS as a top blanket with my Peapod to give me darned close to 5" of loft on top.