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Whenever the topic of green gear comes up, some company will inevitably claim that they haven’t gone green because they’re not willing to sacrifice performance. With the Cyclone Eco, Sierra Designs proves that you don’t have to.
This 2.5 layer shell is made from 100% recycled polyester with PVC-free seam tape. In drizzly cold rains during Vermont’s January thaw, one tester said, “the jacket breathed as well as others I’ve worn, but when I was dashing up Camel’s Hump on snowshoes, the 16 inch pit zips vented the jacket so well even when I had a pack on that I really stayed dry.” At just over a pound, it’s light, but not too light for four season use. After a trip up New York’s Mt. Marcy, one tester reported, “it had plenty of protection to keep a wintery mix at bay on the summit.”
Best features: just enough stretch to move with you when you’re reaching for a root to hoist yourself up a technical section of trail, fleecy patches behind the neck and at the chin that gave this jacket a cozy feel when it was zipped up on chilly days, and spacious interior pockets that complemented waterproof zipper handwarmer pockets and a chest pocket. In men’s and women’s, $180, sierradesigns.com.