Gear Review: Westcomb Cayoosh LT Sweater
Westcomb Cayoosh LT Sweater
$260, 10 oz. (men’s medium)
Sizes: men’s XS-XXL, women’s XS-XL
From Idaho’s Sawtooths to Oregon’s Eagle Cap Wilderness and Washington’s Olympic Mountains, this full-zip down jacket proved surprisingly warm for its weight in temperatures from the 40s down to a hair below freezing (with only one or two base layers underneath). Two reasons for that: the hypo-allergenic Hutterite down feathers, which Westcomb says exceed the European standard for 850-fill down, make the jacket lighter, more compact, and warmer. Plus, the soft and supple Pertex Quantum 20-denier shell is the lightest fabric in the Pertex line, with the best strength-to-weight ratio; it also shed a light rain and repelled wind.
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