Mountain Hardwear StretchDown DS Hooded JacketMSRP: $340.00 BEST FOR: Alpine Climbing The Mountain Hardwear StretchDown DS Hooded Jacket is a down insulating layer that will work well in the mountains or on a cold day at the crag. … Continue reading "Mountain Hardwear StretchDown DS Hooded Jacket"
Patagonia Merino Air HoodyAnything wool makes me feel as if thousands of creepy crawlies are scuttling across my body in search of their next meal. Surprise. When I slipped on the Patagonia Merino Air Hoody—a wool pull over—I basked … Continue reading "Patagonia Merino Air Hoody"
Jottnar Fenrir Down JacketFenrir Down Jacket | jottnar.com | $250 | The U.K. company Jottnar bills its Fenrir as a hydrophobic down jacket. That is not a typo, even though down insulation and water have historically mixed like … Continue reading "Jottnar Fenrir Down Jacket"
Black Diamond Access LT HoodyTHE HYBRID HOODY is a 13-ounce active-wear jacket. It’s not so heavily insulated that you’ll sweat your chestnuts off while you’re climbing. Or be warm at a frigid wintry belay. The Hoody is insulated with … Continue reading "Black Diamond Access LT Hoody"
Rab Neutrino Endurance JacketPrice | $400 www.rab.uk.com 4 stars AT 1.4 POUNDS and compressible to the size of a human head, the Rab Neutrino Endurance jacket caused me sharp pangs of skepticism when I first saw it. “This can’t … Continue reading "Rab Neutrino Endurance Jacket"
Rab Xenon JacketRAB Xenon Jacket | www.rab.uk.com 4 Stars New this fall, the Rab Xenon is a highly compressible, lightweight synthetic jacket that is a perfect partner for alpine or multi-pitch rock routes. The Xenon packs a … Continue reading "Rab Xenon Jacket"
Arc’teryx Fission SL JacketArc’Teryx Fission SL Jacket www.arcteryx.com $750 Arc’Teryx approached its head designers and said, “Forget cost, just make the best jacket you can.” The result is the $700 Fission SL, which, despite costing as much as the … Continue reading "Arc’teryx Fission SL Jacket"
Big Agnes Women’s Hot Sulphur Belay JacketWomen’s Hot Sulphur Belay Jacket https://www.bigagnes.com | $299.95 | ★★★★ Was it an “aha” moment? Or just a duh? For years the manufacturer Big Agnes (named for a peak near Steamboat Springs, Colorado) has … Continue reading "Big Agnes Women’s Hot Sulphur Belay Jacket"
First Ascent Peak XV Down Jacketwww.firstascent.com | $269 | 4 and a half stars Winter is now the only time of year when I actually feel warm, and I have this new behemoth of a down jacket to thank for … Continue reading "First Ascent Peak XV Down Jacket"
Millet Expert Down Parka$250 www.milletusa.com 4 stars IMAGINE A BIG OL’ smothering hug from Big Momma, and you know what it feels like to slide into Millet’s Expert Down Parka. It had been about 20 years since I’d … Continue reading "Millet Expert Down Parka"
Montbell Ex Light Down Jacket$160 | www.montbell.com | 5 Stars Montbell’s Ex Light Down Jacket weighs less than that cheap, tissue-thin short-sleeve T-shirt you scored at Country Jam and may be the lightest-weight insulated jacket ever made. Tipping the … Continue reading "Montbell Ex Light Down Jacket"
Patagonia Encapsil Down Belay ParkaPerfect timing! What could be the warmest, lightest, loftiest down jacket ever made arrived just as the temp plummeted to minus 5 degrees. The Encapsil Parka is the first 1,000-fill down jacket and has hydrophobic … Continue reading "Patagonia Encapsil Down Belay Parka"