Cold-weather chops, weight and packability: This puffy's versatility served our tester well on trips from Alaska to Vietnam. The Fuego maintained thermoregulation while ski touring 15 miles in below-zero temps in Alaska’s Talkeetna Mountains, dumping unnecessary heat through the non-insulated pit area. Because the 800-fill down layer packed as small as an eggplant, but weighed half as much, our tester appreciated being able to pull it out of her dry bag on cooler nights while sea kayaking around Ha Long Bay in Vietnam.
Thinner horizonal baffles in the shoulder and stomach areas translate to a streamlined fit under a shell and backpack. Elasticized wrist cuffs sealed out the cold and fleece-lined zippered pockets pleased our tester’s hands when she pulled out her inclinometer to assess avalanche risk. Ding: The hood isn't quite deep enough to cover helmet vents and lacks a drawstring for tightening.
“I fell in love with the Fuego when I was setting a skin track in Alaska’s Chugach Mountains and a cold snap dipped temps to -15,” our tester says. “I was able to keep skinning in just a synthetic long sleeve layer and this puffy while staying comfortable and sweat-free.”
Buy Cotopaxi Fuego Hooded Down Jacket now for $175 (30% off). 12 oz (W’s XS); XS (W) -XXL (M)