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Mountain Equipment builds gear for the nastiest environments on Earth--K2, Denali, and the like--so you can be sure the Vanguard Women's Insulated Jacket has the chops to handle rugged alpine conditions. It's made with an insulated and breathable Windstopper shell and lined with low-profile 120g Polarloft insulation to keep you warm on icy and damp days when you're mountaineering or alpine climbing, and has a slightly below-hip cut to keep drafts and spindrift from creeping up your back. Fleece-lined hand pockets and an adjustable hood keep your fingers and brain functioning, and the thoughtful pockets keep you organized so you don't have to waste any top rifling through your gear to find what you need.
- 70g Windstopper insulated shell fabric
- 120g Polarloft synthetic insulation
- Adjustable wire-brim hood
- Longer hip-length cut
- Fleece-line hand pockets
- Chest and internal stash pockets
- Stretch cuffs
- Dual hem drawcords
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- Q & A
Just got it...
- Size Bought: UK 10
I literally just pulled it out of the bag and tried it on so this is my first impression. I am 6' and 150 pounds but very lean. I purchased the small in welsh slate. The color is really different than the picture more periwinkle with light purple zippers, but I like the colors. It is thinner than I expected for 120 g of fill, but as soon as I put it on I could feel a lot of warmth. I purchased this product for backcountry skiing. I will be using this for descents. When ascending I use a very breathable piece to help sweat move away from my body, but as soon as I stop I throw on an insulated warm layer. I currently use my down jacket but the outer material is too thin to ski trees and I am afraid I will snag it (more than I already have). The outer material on this jacket does seem thin as well but I was half expecting that give the details. I will be using it the next few days for touring and I will update to give a field review. Four stars given only because the thinness of the fill, I hope I will be proven wrong.
Just moved to Colorado's front range from the desert so this winter is really testing me. But the Vanguard has kept me warm. Through a bitter January, record snowfall in February, and now random cold March days in the mountains, this thing has kept me warm and dry every time.
I'm 5'7" 120lbs, with long arms. UK Size 12 (w's medium) is great for putting layers comfortably underneath and still not feeling trapped in the jacket. The arms are longer than other jackets I've worn but not so much that they're in the way. It's covers my fanny about half-way down (who doesn't love keeping their fanny warm?)