Mountain Hardwear Fixes Down

Mountain Hardwear Fixes Down

F14 OM6272 Super Compressor Hooded Jacket
Insulated jackets were everywhere at last month’s Winter Outdoor Retailer, from Columbia’s turbo-charged down to 1,001 different hybrid insulation fabric solutions, all trying to find inventive ways to keep us warm. But Mountain Hardwear approached the issue with a slightly different tact. Knowing that body heat can seep out of the stitching between the baffles of insulation, they used two layers of insulation—40 and 60 grams of Thermal.Q Elite synthetic wrapped in 20D ripstop nylon—and alternated the stitching so the fabrics overlap. This removes weak spots at the seams, and the slightly curved structure creates small pockets of air that trap the body heat. The Super Compressor Jacket ($295) also boasts pack- and harness-compatible zip hand pockets, a zippered chest pocket, and a helmet-compatible hood, weighing in at a pound.
—Nathan Borchelt

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