Gear Review: Cloudveil FirsTurn Hooded Jacket

This Cloudveil jacket is great for wind, snow, and light precipitation. And it's under $200.

Bargain

Get one do-it-all jacket for a sweet price. The FirsTurn offers classic softshell performance–good breathability paired with moderate weather-resistance and insulation–in a smart-looking design. After climbing Colorado's Mt. Bierstadt, one tester reported, "Above 13,000 feet with wind blowing about 20 mph and light rain, this jacket was perfect.

It cut the chill and insulated during breaks, and it breathed so well that I didn't take it off until I got back to the trailhead." The fabric's polyester/spandex blend, with two-way stretch, is best for snow and light precip; it's not waterproof. The hood adds an extra level of protection on gusty summit ridges. Pockets (three outside, two in) are plentiful, but also add weight. $150; 1 lb. 8 oz.; men's S-XXL; cloudveil.com