First Light Stretch Hoody
- Black Diamond's most breathable insulator for backcountry touring
- Primaloft Silver Active insulation breathes for performance warmth
- Schoeller softshell fabric is stretchy and water-resistant
- Underarm gussets ensure freedom of movement
- Adjustments at hem and climbing helmet-compatible hood
- Item #BLD011E
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: Large
- Height: 6'0"
- Weight: 195lbs
My old favorite insulated jacket was the old version of this First Light, which I've had for a few years and loved. What I loved about it was how this fancy schoeller fabric on the outside, while not being water PROOF by any means, is so much more water-repellent than the fabric typically used on other jackets in this category. This is a game changer while touring in snowy weather, but also just around town if I get caught in some rain/snow. Aside from that, the overall fit an feel was just great. It feels much softer/more supply than the crunch/shiny fabrics used in competitors as well. The one issue I had was that it was definitely a pretty slim "athletic" fit, and combined with the fact that it did not stretch at all, it did hinder freedom of movement a little bit especially if I wore anything thick under it.
Enter this new Stretch version. Same great jacket with all the fabrics/features I loved, but with a slightly roomier fit for layering underneath and a good bit of stretch for more mobility.
If you are in the market for an all-around synthetic insulation jacket I would highly recommend this. Only drawback vs. some of the competition would be that it is not terribly light weight or compressible, so if you are backpacking or doing something that requires extreme pack-abilty and weight savings it might not be the one for you. For normal travel I find it plenty pack-able for how I pack.
I'm 6' 195lbs and wear either Large or XL depending on the brand/fit. I wore the old version in Large and it fit, but as mentioned was not a super forgiving fit. I got this in Large and it is also perfect, tiny bit more room for layering, but still a nice trim look not too baggy/boxy.
Is there insulation in the sleeves for this hoody? Or just the torso?
Yes, the same Primaloft Silver Active insulation is used throughout the sleeves as well as the torso. If you have any other questions or need assistance with an existing order or placing an order, please feel free to contact us on Chat or call us at 1-800-409-4502. Thanks!