Gear Review: Merrell Charade Puffy Jacket

A synthetic puffy that turns into a neck pillow.

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“This is the type of midweight insulated jacket I use year-round,” says one New England-based tester. “It’s perfect under a shell on winter days, and it’s both light and warm enough for spring and summer camping trips.” Made of synthetic Primaloft Eco insulation (50-percent recycled) and a poly shell fabric, the Charade has a long, hip-covering hem and fleecy, neck-hugging collar.

Bonus: The Charade (and the hooded men’s version, the Guise) packs into a fleece-lined pocket in the jacket’s lumbar area and transforms into a neck pillow—great for red-eye flights and camp.

One gripe: The pockets rest directly under a pack’s hipbelt.

$129; 1 lb.; men’s S-XXL, women’s XS-XXL;