|NATIONAL PARKS QUICKLINKS|
Backpacker Magazine – November 2008
Our tester spent 18 days climbing, camping, and evaluating gear on America's highest, coldest peak. If his picks made it there, they can make it anywhere.
Feathered Friends Frontpoint Jacket
If you're going to spend quality time in subzero temps, don't skimp on your parka. Thanks to 13 ounces of 850-plus-fill down, this lightweight jacket was easily warm enough for -20°F strolls around high camp. And in truly nasty conditions, the waterproof/breathable eVent shell is like having an extra jacket on top: It kills wind dead and protects the down feathers even in wet snowstorms. Two huge interior zip pockets each hold one-liter water bottles to keep your agua from freezing. The insulated handwarmer pockets and roomy neck collar are fleece-lined for comfort and warmth. Smart detail: The front closure employs twin overlapping zippers rather than a flap alone, which prevents cold spots in a headwind. The hood is removable, and it's big enough for helmets (but a little too big without one; with a normal hat underneath, the hood flops over your eyes). $459 (also available in Epic by Nextec shell fabric, $385); 2 lbs. 1 oz. (M); unisex XS-XXL. featheredfriends.com. Reader service #110