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Backpacker Magazine – September 2010

Gear Review: Sierra Designs Toaster Jacket

A bargain waterproof insulated shell that is Rainier worthy.

by: Kristin Hostetter

Sierra Designs Toaster (Courtesy Photo)
Sierra Designs Toaster (Courtesy Photo)

Stay Warm
With these bargain insulators
[all conditions]
You won’t find a waterproof insulated shell that performs better and costs less. “On Mt. Rainier, we hiked through sub-freezing temps and winds so strong that my partner had to crawl to avoid being blown over,” says a tester. “We didn’t make the summit, but the Toaster’s seam-taped shell shed hours of rain on the climb to Camp Muir, and the pit zips let me avoid overheating.

The Thermolite insulation kept me warm during breaks, and the adjustable hood sealed out weather, even wind-driven sleet.” Fit tip: This jacket runs big; size down a notch.

$139; 1 lb. 6 oz.; men’s S-XXL, women’s XS-XL; sierradesigns.com


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Chris
Feb 02, 2012

You don't understand how a piece like this is supposed to work. The method you use is the old school 3-layer method that is cumbersome and next to useless when on serious climbs.

The modern clothing system is to have an active layer and a belay layer. You can't be slipping on and off pieces of clothing when trying to climb a mountain. When its time to stop for a rest or belay you throw on a insulated jacket with weather resistance on top of all your gear. If you hike with a gore-tex jacket and a lighter base layer. You will have to take the jacket off and add more layers then throw your Gore-Tex back on. Then when its time to get going again you have to do it all over again. Get it?

dick
Dec 06, 2011

whatever goon

dropkick
Sep 29, 2010

I'm sorry but I don't see any piece of clothing that costs over $100 as a "bargain".
I'll stick with my gore-tex shell ($30 end of season sale) and the layers I wear beneath it.

Eric B.
Sep 25, 2010

I have a military suit of Thermolite Micro insulated jacket and pants. It is great synthetic insulation that packs well and maintains its loft over the years better than Primaloft. My suit is mainly for an insulating layer and thus has a light ripstop shell. I love Thermolite insulation.

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