Down Hood

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 7 customer ratings
(7 customer reviews)


6 in stock

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Product Description

The perfect compliment to a “Sniveller” style quilt. Made of 1.1 ripstop nylon with a Durable Water Resistant (DWR) treatment, 1 inch baffles, and filled with 800 fill power, Activ-Dri treated down. The JRB Down Hood outer shell is black and the lining is also black. Mixed hook & loop around the collar fits perfectly into the “Sniveller” style head opening and converts the quilt into a hooded serape. When separated from the quilt it provides a warm, close fitting, adjustable closure hood for sleeping. The hood may also be used alone for warmth in camp or during other low activity periods such as rest stops, meal stops, etc. The JRB Hood is also compatible with the Nest Under Quilt. Total weight: 2 oz. The Collar Modification Kit (included) allows the JRB Down Hood to be used with an existing jacket or vest with a stand up collar. Click here to see how to modify your jacket or vest to accept a JRB Down Hood.


Few Warm Tricks

Everyone knows that huge amounts of heat exit through the head. If you are cold, Dad always said, “put on a hat”. Sitting around or sleeping, it is still the same issue. Well great news! Now there is a JRB Hood to complete this unique sleep and camp wear system.

You will find like all JRB products it has several uses. The JRB Hood was conceived primarily for integrated use with the resealable head opening in the JRB No Sniveller quilt. It works equally well integrated into the split entrance of the JRB Nest quilt. When wearing the No Sniveller or Nest as a hooded serape, heat retention is greatly enhanced. If the JRB Sleeves are added, full hooded parka capability is achieved.

To use with the JRB No Sniveller, open the quilt’s re-sealable head opening, find the center of the back of the neck, attach the hood center and proceed attaching the omni-tape down one side then the other. Throw over your head and adjust the hood drawstring. Similarly, if using the JRB Nest, place the center of the hood in the crotch of the entrance slit and attach the omni-tape down each side. Then attach the remainder of the slit omni-tape on itself. Throw over your head and adjust the hood drawstring. Note, this combination with the JRB Nest allows for pulling the hood back and partially or fully opening the front.

The JRB Hood can be easily worn by itself (put it on and adjust the draw string). Increased warmth can be achieved by tucking the base of the hood into your shirt or jacket. This is especially effective when wearing garments with a zip up neck and/or a stand up collar. The omni-tape will provide enough friction to generally keep the tuck. The front of the hood neck may pull up some based on how tight you make the draw string. Also, vigorous head or shoulder movement will likely pull the hood free.

When wearing the JRB Hood separately to sleep, the quilt user now has a hooded cover, not unlike a full hooded sleeping bag.

The JRB Hood omni-tape can be sealed on itself to form an insulated bag with a draw cord. It can be formed either right side out or inside out, depending on intended use or your preference. Some uses for this insulated bag are:

  • Foot warmer for additional insulation in a marginal sleeping bag or during unexpected temp drop (best turned inside out).
  • Insulated cover for hot water nalgene bottle so it stays warmer longer.
  • Insulated cover for a rehydrating/cooking meal bag (be sure the bag is well sealed and clean) so dinner is hotter.
  • Stow bag for your JRB Down Sleeves, so that every thing is in the same place when next needed.
  • If it is warmer than expected, just place your normal pillow item(s) in it and enjoy some extra soft slumber
  • The ultimate use is wearing a JRB quilt, Hood and Sleeves under an oversized light weight breathable rain jacket to achieve the equivalent of a 2-4 inch thick waterproof down parka.
  • All this for 2 ounces!!!

    Have you considered the complimenting JRB Down Sleeves for even greater capabilities at a mere 5 ounces?


7 reviews for Down Hood

  1. Rated 5 out of 5


    Just started to use this down hood with the High Sierra Sniveller. I didn’t realize how important it was to keep my mouf breathing out of my top quilt due to moisture. Adding this hood allowed to to keep my head comfy cozy on the outside outside of my quilt and my TQ dry. Also planning on using the supplied Velcro on my down vest to serve as my puffy with convertible options.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Courtney (verified owner)

    Used this with my Sierra Sniveller recently on a weekend that bottomed out around 19 degrees. My head was one part of me that was never cold at night. I will say though, as a woman with a smallish head that it did slip around some when I moved and I would have to adjust. Still, worth every negligible ounce.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Short Round

    I just recently got a top / under quilt. I previously was using the grand trunk hammock compatible sleeping bag which has a mummy style hood. With a quilt set up you obviously lose the mummy style hood. JRB once again solved my issue with this down hood product!

    I recently hammock camped with it in 30 degree f with cold & gusty windchill. Not only did it keep me warm, it felt great to the skin… on my shaved head & sides of my face. I brought my down coat to JRB & they installed the hood mod & gave me a shop tour!

    Jacks have quality gear & TOP NOTCH customer service!

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    JL Stubbs (verified owner)

    This hood might be the best piece of gear I have ever owned in terms of weight and value add. Twice I have used this hood with my Shenandoah Quilt to sleep in temps well below freezing using a thin fiber filled jacket, wool long johns, and thick wool socks. So for me, this hood adds 15F to the sleep system, and essentially takes up no space in the pack. This hood is like having a portable heater along without the weight. Winter use only.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jed Smith (verified owner)

    Nice toasty warm head piece. I got the mod kit to add this to my north face down vest.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    JackM (verified owner)

    Jacks ‘R’ Better Down Hood
    By Raymond Estrella
    November 19, 2013

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Carol Crooker

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