For Cold Weather

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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.

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