ED­DIE BAUER EVERTHERM DOWN HOODED JACKET

THIS JACKET HAS ALL THE WARMTH OF A PUFFY, BUT NONE OF THE PUFF.

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The best down jacket of the year looks noth­ing like a down jacket. That’s be­cause Ed­die Bauer is us­ing Thin­down tech­nol­ogy, which packs goose feath­ers into thin sheets, al­low­ing de­sign­ers to cre­ate a down puffy with no baf­fles. The tech­nol­ogy, first de­vel­oped for the fash­ion in­dus­try, forms the sheets by al­ter­nat­ing be­tween lay­ers of down and spray ad­he­sive. With­out the need for baf­fles to keep the down from shift­ing around, the Thin­down in­su­la­tion stays evenly dis­trib­uted with­out the pinch points or stitch holes that cause cold spots. The re­sult: a 13-ounce jacket that’s thin­ner and lighter than any­thing in its warmth cat­e­gory. To test it, a mem­ber of our crew lived in the layer for two weeks while split­board­ing in 15°F temps in Nor­way’s Lofoten Is­lands. “I stopped car­ry­ing my cri­sis puffy, be­cause I never needed more warmth,” he says. The EverTherm is also ul­tra­pack­able; it com­presses to the size of a small wa­ter bot­tle.

Thin­down is not hy­dropho­bic, but a DWR coat­ing and waterproof chest- and hand-pocket zip­pers re­pelled spit­ting driz­zle for one tester who spent the shoul­der sea­son hik­ing in the French Alps.

Less doesn’t usu­ally mean more when it comes to in­su­la­tion, but the EverTherm dis­rupts con­ven­tional wis­dom with bulk-free warmth.

$279 ($249 for non-hooded); 12.6 oz. (m’s M); m’s S-XXL, w’s XS-XXL; ed­diebauer.com

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