TRIPLE AUGHT DE­SIGN BAS­TION HOODIE

Climbing - - ESSENTIALS - MATT SAMET

There are lots of cozy, warm per­for­mance hood­ies on the mar­ket—this much we know— which makes it hard to stand out. The Bas­tion Hoodie does so on the mer­its of style alone. It’s a high-end, fash­ion­able hoodie—with a two-tone pat­tern, slim, bomber-jacket-like fit, and gobs of zip­per pock­ets—that also hap­pens to be way func­tional for cold weather and the alpine. In other words, it’s a core, light (26.5 ounces) piece of out­door gear you can also wear around town and not look like just another way­ward climber.

The jacket is a ny­lon shell in­su­lated with Po­lartec Power Fill, a hollow-fiber polyester that gives the Bas­tion a soft, down-like feel while also trap­ping mad heat. You get re­in­forced hood, shoul­der, biceps, and forearms pan­els, and a DWR coat­ing to keep out pre­cip. I wore the Bas­tion around Steam­boat Springs, Colorado (el­e­va­tion 6,700 feet) in snowy Jan­uary, when highs barely busted out of the teens, and found my­self sweat­ing dur­ing a vig­or­ous walk on a cold, sunny day. I also took it around the Front Range for win­ter crag­ging, when the Chinook winds blast off the Di­vide, moun­tain-wave clouds block the sun, and you bat­tle to stay warm be­tween pitches. In all cases, the jacket was aces at trap­ping body heat and block­ing wind—zip the chest high, cinch the hood with the easy-pull draw­strings, cinch the two hem tog­gles, and you’re en­veloped in warmth. Snow and spin­drift, mean­while, slid right off.

There are some cool bells and whis­tles—two deep, zip­pered hand pock­ets, match­ing zip­pered bi­cep pock­ets, a wal­let-sized in­te­rior chest pocket, and in back a hunter’s pocket for car­ry­ing sun­dries and/or to stuff the jacket into when car­ry­ing it (it com­presses to the size of an air­line pil­low). But let’s get back to style: The Bas­tion, with its slim cut and sim­ple hues, looks good, and whether you’re wear­ing the Canopy or Gun­ship ver­sion, you’re go­ing to look more Blue Steel than Vagabond. Bonus: Made in the USA.

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