• Jack Wolfskin Aurora Sky 3N1

      MSRP: $299.95 BEST FOR: All-around use, winter   German engineering. That has to be good, right? Jack Wolfskin, founded in Frankfurt in 1981 and still headquartered in Germany, aims for customers “who enjoy multiple … Continue reading "Jack Wolfskin Aurora Sky 3N1"
  • Mountain Hardwear StretchDown DS Hooded Jacket

      MSRP: $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 Hoody

    Anything 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 Jacket

    Fenrir 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 Hoody

    THE 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"
  • Patagonia Nano Air Hoody

    This October I was in Chamonix looking at a window of clear weather with a capable partner and the chance to climb something big and alpine. We jumped on the Frendo Spur on the Aguille du … Continue reading "Patagonia Nano Air Hoody"
  • First Ascent Peak XV Down Jacket

    www.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"
  • 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 Parka

    Perfect 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"
  • Patagonia Ultralight Down Jacket

    www.patagonia.com | $250 | 5 Stars The new Patagonia Ultralight Down Shirt is one of the most useful pieces of gear I’ve ever had. This  sub-six-ounce miracle of warmth has a place in my climbing … Continue reading "Patagonia Ultralight Down Jacket"
  • Rab Neutrino Endurance Jacket

    Price | $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 Jacket

    RAB 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"