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OUR TAKE “A fleece-turned­be­lay jacket.” That’s how one tester de­scribed the Kinesis af­ter a sea­son of climb­ing and ski­ing in New Hamp­shire’s White Moun­tains. The lin­ing is made from hol­low polyester fibers (the core re­tains warm air). The fibers are grooved, which boosts sur­face area—giv­ing the Kinesis the warmth of a puffy with­out ex­tra weight. On a -5°F day hik­ing on Fran­co­nia Ridge, it kept our tester warm over just a mid­weight base­layer.

THE DE­TAILS The Kinesis’s hood stood out on the cold­est days. Lined with the same grooved yarn as the rest of the fleece, its close fit (comfy with­out a ski hel­met but ca­pa­ble of stretch­ing over one) and high col­lar in­su­lated our tester’s face and neck from 0°F temps on Mt. Moosi­lauke. The 30-de­nier ny­lon face fab­ric with­stood a sea­son of ski edges and sharp New Eng­land schist. Ding: price.

TRAIL CRED “The hand pock­ets are fully in­su­lated too—nice for warm­ing up,” one tester re­ported af­ter an early-sea­son climb­ing ses­sion in Rum­ney, New Hamp­shire. $180; 11.3 oz. (m’s L); m’s S-XXL, w’s XS-XL; moun­tain-equip­

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