Eddie Bauer IgniteLite Hybrid jacket ReviewApril 19, 2017
- Good balance of insulation
- Fits over and under layers
- Hood functionality
- Pocket size
Eddie Bauer's IgniteLite Hybrid packs a lot of features into a warm, highly versatile jacket that warrants use in all seasons. It was the most comfortable jacket in the test. Striking an ideal balance for a mid-layer, it functions very well over base layers during active outdoor pursuits and provides ample, comfortable insulation under a shell or larger insulating layer.
The Eddie Bauer IgnitLite Hybrid will keep you warm and comfortable during most cold-weather pursuits. The polyester/spandex blend holds the jacket tight to the body and hips, preventing warm air from escaping. This may also be the reason why it doesn’t breathe as well as I hoped.
Fit & Comfort
This jacket excels in comfort and assisting body movement thanks to the 9% spandex component. The cuffs remain under gloves and the form-fitting waist holds it in place under multiple layers. The microfleece around the chin-high collar is a nice touch.
The IgniteLite Hybrid’s hand-warmer pockets are deep, boasting an 8” zipper length. However, a phone, snacks, or headlamp will sag and shift considerably when stored. The chest pocket has a headphone cable port and does a better job securing contents. The packable hood is a micro-thin nylon that is effective under a helmet but doesn’t hold up too well against direct precipitation.
The interior zipper guard never caught and stitching between materials is sturdy. The nylon shell with Stormrepel DWR over the Primaloft® core suffered no tears and the polyester/spandex didn’t lose shape. There were a couple of easily fixed zipper separation issues.
The Eddie Bauer IgniteLite Hybrid weighs 14.2 ounces. It feels invisible under a shell and will shove willingly into daypacks, commuter bags, and even my truck’s console. It’s easy to fit into the lid of a pack, bunching to about the size of pineapple.
Insulation: Primaloft Silver Active Insulation
Sleeves, Back, Sides: Eddie Bauer’s HeatFree Polyester Spandex
Guide, writer, Truckee local, pub trivia host, and inventor of TripTarp®, Craig Rowe is the Gear Institute's chief stove and insulated jacket tester.