Backpacker - - NEWS - $99; 14.8 oz. (m’s L); m’s S-XXL, w’s XS-XL; sier­rade­

OUR TAKE Real talk: One of the cheap­est pieces of gear in this guide is a puffy, and it per­forms like it should cost twice as much. Fire­Ball syn­thetic in­su­la­tion keeps the Tuolumne’s price low, but the fill never be­trayed its bud­get roots dur­ing one Colorado tester’s ski tours. “I threw this jacket on when we topped out on a ridge and the winds re­ally started whip­ping,” he said after a day mis­sion in Gun­ni­son National For­est. “With just a T-shirt, the puffy, and a shell, I was to­tally com­fort­able in the sin­gle dig­its.” (It’s not as warm as the Patag­o­nia, though.) At this price, you don’t get a hood, but that helps the Tuolumne layer bet­ter un­der a shell.

THE DE­TAILS The 40-de­nier polyester rip­stop shell is wa­ter-re­sis­tant, and our tester stayed dry in mod­er­ate snow­fall. In ad­di­tion to two zip­pered hand pock­ets, the Tuolumne has two in­ter­nal pock­ets, perfect for keys and a phone. While some testers wres­tled the Tuolumne into its own hand pocket, the rest of us set­tled for get­ting it down to co­conut-size.

TRAIL CRED “I’ve used this jacket so much it’s paid for it­self three times over,” one tester says. “I wore it moun­tain bik­ing, ski tour­ing, and moun­taineer­ing this past win­ter. Plus, since it has a non-tech­ni­cal look, I can get away with wear­ing it around town.”

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