Gear Review

5 5

Perfect Light Layer

This vest has become an indispensable part of my gear in the past 5 years. I take it for all kinds of stuff, not just outdoors trips. It's in my bag for business trips, it's been on vacations, it's my go-to first layer for SAR training and missions.

It's light, it's warm, and it fits me perfectly. It packs down tiny in my pack when I'm not wearing it. The Windstopper laminate is great and really keeps the chill off, much more than any other vest I've ever had. Zippers are solid and feel like they're going to last, even after 5 years of heavy use. I like the tall collar, it stays out of the way when unzipped but protects against wind and light rain when it's up.

Only gripe: No inside pocket. Minor, I know, but it would be nice for things like a phone or keys to be a bit more protected.

Disclaimer: I'm reviewing this product having received it through participation in the Gore MountainTechs program, but I'd be saying the same thing if I paid full retail price for it.