For Cold Weather
Climbers looking to get the most out of the winter season need to stay warm not only during the approach, but also when climbing and belaying. Unfortunately, the lightweight insulated jacket that may be perfect for slogging uphill or climbing the difficult crux pitch will likely lack the warmth required for extended belay sessions.
The solution for most climbers is simple – use a lighter insulated jacket for higher-output activities and then supplement it with a warmer jacket for colder conditions or less active situations. This system offers the greatest versatility without compromising warmth and comfort. Here are some of this season’s best jackets for this job. If the notion of belaying in arctic-like conditions sounds appealing, check out the recently updated Arc’teryx Ceres SV. This jacket is heat-trapping monster. Like its predecessor the Cerres, the new Cerres SV is stuffed with 850- fill down for warmth without unnecessary weight or bulk. Arc’teryx has also employed the same box-wall construction ensuring that the down achieves full-loft for maximum warmth. In areas that are more prone to moisture build-up, Arc’teryx continues to use its synthetic Coreloft insulation, which in the Cerres SV has also been added to the elbows. Protecting all this insulation is a tried-and-true windproof, water repellent and breathable Gore Windstopper shell. The only other updates for this season include some patterning adjustments for a better fit and more glove-friendly cord locks. The helmet-compatible hood, trim wrist cuffs and multiple pockets are all still there as is the roomy fit that allows climbers to easily throw the Cerres SV over other layers. This is a great jacket for anyone seeking maximum warmth and weather protection in hostile winter conditions. Black Diamond’s First Light Hoody joins the growing list of active insulation garments that offer warmth and wind protection while maintaining an exceptional level of breathability. These benefits make the First Light Hoody supremely suitable for strenuous cold-weather activities as it offers suff icient weather protection and is breathable for the approach without causing the overheating often encountered with more conventional layers. Black Diamond has used the low-bulk and migration-resistant PrimaLoft Silver Insulation Active, which further enhances the breathability and warmth of the jacket. Covering this insulation is a stretch-woven Schoeller nylon fabric that provides a categoryleading combination of stretch, breathability and durability. The fabric is also treated with Schoeller’s Nanosphere Technology for increased water and dirt repellency. The addition of a roomy helmet-compatible hood, trim wrist cuffs and a trim overall profile make the First Light Hoody a great choice for any high-output winter activity.