Insulated Gear for Hikers

We reviewed 4 Insulated Gear for Hikers

Introduction

Hiking is best experienced during the winter season as you have the energy level to cover a great distance. However there is every possibility of your catching a cold and falling sick if you do not wrap yourself in layers of warm clothing. Jackets made out of insulation fibers traps body heat helping you to stay warm during frosty or chilly weather.

Patagonia Nano-Air JacketPatagonia Nano-Air JacketSee Price
Mountain Hardwear Thermostatic JacketMountain Hardwear Thermostatic JacketSee Price
Outdoor Research Men’s Uberlayer Hooded JacketOutdoor Research Men’s Uberlayer Hooded JacketSee Price
Arcteryx Atom LT HoodyArcteryx Atom LT HoodySee Price

1. Patagonia Nano-Air Jacket

Patagonia Nano-Air JacketThe Patagonia Nano-Air Jacket is remarkably lightweight jacket making it ideal for hiking, trekking and mountaineering. The jacket has been stitched out of 100% nylon ripstop shell and the inner layer has been fabricated from FullRange insulation.

FEATURES

  • 100% pure nylon fabric
  • Hydrophobic fibers
  • DWR finish
  • Elastic cuffs
  • Drawcord hem
  • Hand pockets with zippers
  • Chest pocket with zipper

PROS

  • Stretchy and breathable fabric
  • FullRange insulation layer furnishes protection from the elements
  • Extremely lightweight and resilient
  • The softness and flexibility of the jacket makes for a customized fit without inhibiting motion
  • Insulated pockets with zippers keep the hands warm

CONS

  • The pockets are a tad small

2. Mountain Hardwear Thermostatic Jacket

Mountain Hardwear Thermostatic JacketThe Mountain Hardwear Thermostatic Jacket is one of the best jackets that work as a mid-layer clothing for keeping yourself warm without hindering mobility. Reinforced with Thermal Q Elite synthetic insulation material comprising dense polyester fibers, this jacket locks in body heat.

FEATURES

  • Nylon
  • Thermal Q Elite 60-gram insulation
  • Two pockets for hand warming
  • Fully compressible for easy packing
  • Insulation layer safe from abrasion caused by outer layer
  • Outer layer made from 15-denier ripstop nylon

PROS

  • Extraordinarily light
  • Stitched from high quality insulated materials that prevents body heat from escaping
  • Flexibility allows full range of motion
  • Works best when worn over an inner layer of clothing

CONS

  • It is a water resistant jacket and not a waterproof jacket

3. Outdoor Research Men’s Uberlayer Hooded Jacket

Outdoor Research Men’s Uberlayer Hooded JacketIt is the inventive design of the Outdoor Research Men’s Uberlayer Hooded Jacket that makes it suitable for using in cold weather. A Polartec Alpha insulation layer sits between a nylon shell and polyester mesh tier which drives out excessive heat during movement but traps it when you’re stationary.

FEATURES

  • Shell is 100% nylon
  • Lining is pure polyester
  • Insulation layer: Polartec Alpha
  • Water resistant
  • Wind resistant
  • Front zippered
  • Offers complete mobility

PROS

  • The jacket allows the hiker to breathe normally
  • Robust construction means the jacket provides warmth for years on end
  • The jacket fits comfortably on most individuals
  • Main zipper can be opened from both top and down
  • Two zippered hand warming pockets

CONS

  • Not fully weatherproof
  • Extremely heavy
  • Cannot be compressed conveniently to fit inside a backpack

4. Arcteryx Atom LT Hoody

Arcteryx Atom LT HoodyThe Arcteryx Atom LT Hoody comes with an external DWR layer that provides protection from inclement weather. Sides of this jacket have panels stitched out of Polartec Power Stretch material that promote mobility and breathability.

FEATURES

  • Moisture-resistance outer layer
  • Wind resistant
  • Breathable
  • Compressible
  • Gussetted underarms
  • Insulated hood
  • Two hand warming pockets
  • Front zipper with flapper
  • Adaptable hem drawcord
  • Luminara nylon-weave fabric

PROS

  • DWR layer made from20-denier nylon furnishes protection from the elements and is resistant to abrasion
  • The jacket can be fully compressed helping in easy packing
  • Articulated elbows and adjustable hem allows mobility

CONS

  • The front pockets have good height but not wide enough for taking in large hands
  • The elastic drawcord for the hood can graze against the ears making you feel uncomfortable

Conclusion

A total of 4 premium insulation jackets were considered in this review and each product starting from the Patagonia Nano-Air to the Arcteryx
Atom LT Hoody were found to satisfy all the yardsticks required for being classified as a good quality insulation jacket.

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