I can't stay in house much more this winter I need to go on longer hikes.
I am used to longer hikes up to 14 days, but not during the winter. I want to do 1-5 day hikes in winter in dry weather, temperatures: - 12C(10F) to +5C(41F). The temperatues will be mostly 0 to -5 degrees Celsuis. There will be snow of course and I will have to use snowshoes from time to time,...
Now for 1 day winter hikes I use multi layers with soft shell on top, depends,.. I don't know if I should buy light down jacket, or a polyester one? I have no idea how down jackets keep up in case snow keeps falling from trees(does down get wet?) on you and jacket and how much do down jackets get wet from sweating? They say if down gets wet it is not good, but don't know what to expect in my case. I will carry up till 13 kg backpack. I don't know how much do these light down jackets handle weight and shoulder straps in practice?
What do you think, what are your experiences?