MONTANE IRIDIUM HY­BRID PULL-ON

Backpacker - - Insulation -

OUR TAKE Shim­my­ing and slid­ing across coarse North Cas­cades gran­ite would lay a beat­ing on most fleeces, but af­ter a busy sea­son of alpine climb­ing and back­coun­try ski­ing, our Wash­ing­ton tester said the Iridium showed hardly any signs of wear. That’s im­pres­sive, es­pe­cially when the prod­uct is feath­erlight. The se­cret? A nearly weight­less ce­ramic coat­ing on the face of the Iridium’s polyester fab­ric works like chain­mail. Be­cause the ce­ramic is bonded to the poly threads and isn’t a full layer it­self, it still al­lows the fab­ric to stretch.

THE DE­TAILS The Iridium is the only pullover in the test. On a mis­sion to ski Ul­rich’s Couloir on Wash­ing­ton’s Mt. Stu­art, our tester ap­pre­ci­ated the col­lar’s close fit, which kept drafts out. There’s a hooded ver­sion ($140) for women only. The Iridium packs down to the size of a large grape­fruit.

TRAIL CRED “While the out­side is ar­mored, the stan­dard fleece on the in­side is vel­vety soft,” our tester says. “I felt great when I wore it over a tank top on a warm spring ski tour.” $95; 10 oz.; m’s S-XXL, w’s XS-XL; montane.co.uk

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