Brooks-Range Cirro Hoody
$189, 13 oz.
I looked at this puffy jacket and thought, “Not gonna keep me warm. Too thin and light.” Wrong. From Washington’s North Cascades to Oregon’s Grand Ronde River and Idaho’s City of Rocks, I was toasty on windy, cool mornings down to the upper 30s. The lightweight, Primaloft One insulation doesn’t look Michelin Man fat, but is tops at trapping body heat. The 15-denier ripstop Pertex shell is water-resistant; I wore the hoody in light rain without affecting the jacket’s warmth. Beyond the materials, the design really won me over: The hood has drawcords to keep it from blowing off your head; and the chin-high collar is separate from the hood, covering your neck even with the hood down. The zippered side pockets are terrific hand warmers. And the whole unit packs down to slightly larger than a cantaloupe. The Cirro Hoody is my insulation for summer in the mountains.