Take all of the properties that make merino a top baselayer—good moisture management, natural odor control, warmth when wet—and combine them with the weather resistance of a softshell, and you get this versatile jacket. It’s made with Ibex’s Climawool, which pairs a polyester face with a merino liner, providing a touch of luxurious warmth and softness. And the Tuck breathes exceptionally well, says one Colorado tester, since it has no membrane like most of the other jackets here. “I used it while climbing a steep 4,000 feet in the Rockies, on a gusty day with temps in the 30s, and never overheated,” he says.
That makes it great for hardworking pursuits in cold temps, since it repels snow and wind well, but it’s not very water resistant compared to the best softshells (even light rain soaked through). Consider your local climate (Rockies, yes; Cascades, no). Another tester says, “This is a jacket that will last a decade or more—and you’ll like it just as much years from now because of the low-key style. I was glad to avoid the tech-look on an early-spring, town-to-town trek in Israel, where the Tuck worked equally well whether I was hiking in the morning chill or cruising around Nazareth’s historic market.”
Testers also praised the attention to detail, like one-pull hem cinch cords in the hand pockets and metal zipper tabs. Want a hood? Check the Equipo ($350), which also has a slightly higher merino content.
1 lb. 4 oz.
m’s S-XXL, w’s XS-XL