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The perfect mid-layer

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have been on a quest for the perfect winter mid-layer. I bought six candidates from Backcountry on Thanksgiving, and returned all of them but this guy. The lofty fleece keeps me warm like sun on a Mexican beach (Corona not included).

I've worn this jacket around the city, on the slopes, and to the crags.

Pros: Good on its own down to 35-40 degrees (with long-sleeve shirt underneath). I pair it with a down jacket for colder temps. It does not block wind, so wear under a down jacket or hardshell if that's a concern. Packs well.

Cons: No hood. Short in torso.

Other: No wind protection (but would make it less packable, so okay trade-off in my book).