Mountaineer Peter Whittaker has launched a new brand, Bight Gear, focused on designing alpine apparel with feedback from his team of RMI guides. We just got our hands on some samples and like what we see, especially the Solstice Hoody. "Many sunshirts feel too delicate, but this one stood up to rough rock during a bouldering session in Aldefer/Three Sisters park in Colorado," says one BACKPACKER editor. "I also liked the hood design, which covered my entire head without resorting to the scuba-style, slightly dorky look of other technical pieces I've worn."
Bonus: We also like Bight’s promise that 100,000 vertical feet of testing goes into every design. Want to be an early adopter? We got a special 20 percent discount for BACKPACKER readers, good for one use until July 1. Use the discount code Backpacker20 at Bight's website.