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Gear Review

5 5

6 oz. of Warmth

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought this vest at the last minute for my AT thru-hike earlier this year. I ran into a bit of extra cash and decided I'd take this as my insulation layer rather than a 16 oz. fleece jacket.

From what I understand, we experienced unseasonable warmth on the trail this year (March 12-July 21st). It only dropped below freezing on a few occasions. If you are expecting this to keep you toasty warm in consistent winter temperatures, it might not be right for you.

For me, it was exactly what I needed. I never hiked in it - only used it for breaks and evenings. It took up almost no room in my clothing bag and kept me plenty warm when worn with everything else I had (merino baselayer, long sleeve shirt, and rain shell over top).

I've been careful to avoid embers from fire and snagging branches, but it's in as good of condition as when I bought it. All these months later, I still wear it pretty often. I'm very glad I had it on the trail and I'm happy to still have it.