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Insulation



Editors' Choice Snow Award 2013: Rab Strata Hoodie

Stay warm and dry in the backcountry with this breathable synthetic.

Editors' Choice Snow Award 2013: The North Face Thermoball Hoodie

A synthetic puffy that rivals the weight and warmth of down.

Gear Review: Big Agnes Shovelhead Puffy

A jacket that packs some serious heat without being a heavyweight.

Gear Review: Crux Plasma Puffy

A jacket built to bring the heat in any winter weather.

Gear Review: Montbell Plasma Puffy

A lightweight jacket designed to keep you warm - in the loftiest way possible.

Gear Review: Outdoor Research Halogen Hoody

A breathable jacket built to withstand all kinds of cold weather.

Gear Review: Mountain Hardwear Ultralamina 0 Sleeping Bag

A bag with down-like features for a fraction of the price.

Gear Review: Rab Generator Alpine Jacket

A jacket revered by a search-and-rescue team.

Editors' Choice Snow Award 2012: Sierra Designs Tov Jacket

Warm, high-tech, and fitted for optimal winter performance.

Editors' Choice Snow Award 2012: L.L. Bean Ultralite 850 Puffy

The ultimate bang-for-buck ratio jacket.

Gear Review: The North Face Polar Hooded Fleece

This fleece will keep you warm, light, and unrestrained.

Gear Review: Mammut Eigerjoch/ Biwak Jacket

This coat redefines what warm means.

Gear Review: SmartWool MerinoMax Full Zip Midlayer

This midlayer will go with you on any adventure requiring more than short sleeves.

Gear Review: Stoic Luft 60 Anorak Pullover

A bullet-proof pullover that doesn't add pounds.

Gear Review: Patagonia Micro Puff Hoody

This insulated hoody keeps performing, even when conditions are at their worst.

Gear Review: Marmot Variant Hoody

The perfect jacket for when your hardshell is just too much.

Gear Review: Outdoor Research Incandescent Jacket

A versatile and lightweight puffy you won't be disappointed by.

Fall/Winter Gear Guide 2012: Insulation

If these heat-makers don't keep you from freezing, nothing will.

Gear Review: First Ascent MicroTherm Down Hoodie

A featherweight, 800-fill puffy

Prep Your Gear: Pack to Backcountry Ski

Use this advice to hone your backcountry layers for any trip length or conditions.

Gear Review: Mountain Hardwear Kelvinator Down Jacket

A 650-fill down jacket that's super warm and packs to the size of a pineapple.

Gear Review: Stoic Luft Down Sweater Jacket

An ideal down midlayer made with 750-fill down and a Pertex Microlight shell.

Gear Review: Sherpa Ananta/Priya Pullover

For those days when a baselayer is not enough and a puffy jacket too much.

Gear Review: Patagonia Winter Sun Hoody

A top pick for its combination of warmth, weather resistance, fit, and packability.

Gear Review: REI Spruce Peak/Nevis

Get maximum bang for your buck with this two-in-one, synthetic-fill jacket.

Gear Review: L.L. Bean Packaway Pullover Jacket

This bargain jacket costs less than $100--and it was worthy of an AT thru-hike.

Gear Review: Icebreaker Sierra/Cascade Full-Zip

This baseslayer packs a lot of warmth and versatility into a sub-one-pound package that scrunches up small

Gear Review: The North Face Jakson Jacket

Warmth where you need it most; mobility and breathability where it counts.

Professor Hike: Your Must-Have, Favorite, Can't-Leave-Behind Gear

What's the one item you can't leave home without?

Mother's Day Gift Guide: Montbell Alpine Light Down Parka

Maximum warmth for minimum weight

Gear Review: REI ecoSensitive Revelcloud Jacket

PrimaLoft, DWR-treated Pertex Quantum, and recycled polyester make this a warm and eco-friendly puffy jacket.

Gear Review: Montbell Alpine Light Down Parka

A hooded, 800-fill down puffy.

Editors' Choice 2011: MontBell Alpine Light Down Parka

Low weight, high warmth, and modest price make this jacket a perfect fit.

Gear Review: GoLite Demaree Canyon Jacket

A packable puffy with a sleek, athletic fit.

Gear Review: SCOTTEVEST Fleece 5.0 Jacket

Has 24 pockets to keep all your gadgets in place

Gear Review: Outdoor Research Virtuoso Puffy Jacket

This puffy has high-end weatherproofing and an insulated, versatile hood

Holiday Gift Guide 2010: Patagonia Nano Puff Pullover

A perennial favorite of BACKPACKER editors, the Nano Puff is a no-brainer layer that your gift-ee will use 12 months a year.

Fall/Winter Gear Guide 2010: Insulation

Insulating pieces from down to fleece.

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