Backpacker - - NEWS - $299; 1 lb. 2 oz. (m’s M); m’s XS-XXL, w’s XXS-XL; patag­o­

OUR TAKE This ul­tra­pack­able jacket was our go-to when space was at a pre­mium and wet weather was in the fore­cast. The Hy­per Puff features ex­pand­able, ac­cor­dion-shaped syn­thetic in­su­la­tion that quickly popped back to full loft no mat­ter how much we squished it down in our packs. When the fill re­gained its shape, we were ready for the cold. “I took it ev­ery­where, and de­spite its rel­a­tive lack of bulk, it kept me warm no mat­ter how cold things got,” says our tester who used it in -15°F temps while ski tour­ing in Bri­tish Columbia, as well as be­lay­ing ice climbs in damp Alaskan weather. Trade­off: The thin, weight-sav­ing Per­tex Quan­tum face fab­ric suf­fered no­tice­able wear and tear across a sea­son of ski­ing and climb­ing. THE DE­TAILS Testers packed this jacket down to less than 2 liters—bet­ter than av­er­age for a syn­thetic jacket of this warmth—in its stuff­sack. One of our lankier testers dug the fit of the long sleeves, with stretchy wrist cuffs that sit back un­der the in­su­la­tion. While the shell fab­ric isn’t par­tic­u­larly stretchy, a gen­er­ous cut in the shoul­ders and torso en­hances mo­bil­ity. TRAIL CRED “I loved the butt-cov­er­ing back hem for keep­ing snow out of my pants,” said one tester after an Alaska ex­cur­sion. “The hood is well-de­signed, too, with a draw­string that kept it snug in high winds.”

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