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Patagonia’s Micro Puff Hoody is Featherweight Without the Feathers at

Patagonia’s Micro Puff Hoody is Featherweight Without the Feathers

Patagonia calls the new Micro Puff Hoody the “lightest, most-packable insulated jacket the company has ever created.” It features a unique synthetic insulation called PlumaFill, designed to replicate the fluff and insulation of down. It’s constructed with lightweight Pertex Quantum GL nylon ripstop and features a moisture-resistant DWR coating. The design is also packable and weighs just 9.3 ounces.

Hyperlite Mountain Gear Treks Into Outerwear Territory at

Hyperlite Mountain Gear Treks Into Outerwear Territory

Maine-based Hyperlite Mountain Gear, maker of ultralight outdoor equipment, has just launched its first-ever piece of outerwear: The Shell.  It’s a super lightweight technical jacket made of waterproof Dyneema Composite Fabric, keeping its weight to a mere 6-ounces. Adventure-friendly features include a built-in packable stuff sack, helmet compatible hood, waterproof zipper, and adjustable velcro cuffs.

Taylor Stitch Has You Covered When It’s Cool On The Coast: The Sailor Twitch Collection at

Taylor Stitch Has You Covered When It’s Cool On The Coast: The Sailor Twitch Collection

Created on a model of crowd-funded presale production, garments from California-based Taylor Stitch emphasize fit and detail. The coastal-inspired Sailor Twitch collection includes the waxed cotton Beach jacket made of a rugged 10 oz. Halley Stevenson fabric. There’s also the snap-front Big Sur Shirt Jacket made of rugged, 100% recycled Polartec Thermal Pro.

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The Hideaway Jacket at

The Hideaway Jacket

Weighing in at a mere 10-ounces, this ultra-packable hooded windbreaker is made of waterproof ripstop nylon. Panels throughout the jacket are designed to accept any type of insulation: dry leaves, newspaper, etc. It packs down into a pocket-size stuff sack that can easily go everywhere you go. When the weather starts acting up, you’ll be ready.

PDW Wilderness Utility Top at

PDW Wilderness Utility Top

Made in America and constructed of hearty mid-weight 14 oz. wool melton, this shirt-jacket remains warm even when wet. It has double reinforced elbows and is loaded with pockets for ample storage—4 zip pockets and 2 chest hand-warmer pockets & 2 upper arm pockets. It buttons up featuring slotted parasmock style buttons.

Coldsmoke Alpha-lite Shirt Jacket at

Coldsmoke Alpha-lite Shirt Jacket

Built to function as a tech performance layering garment but with styling that’s just as comfortable on the streets, the California-made Alpha-lite Shirt Jacket from Coldsmoke features Polartec Alpha insulation, originally developed as a low-bulk insulator for military Special Forces.

Penfield Oakdale Jacket at

Penfield Oakdale Jacket

With its matte finish nylon shell and distinctive onion-style quilting, the Oakdale jacket from Penfield draws design inspiration from vintage military gear but updates it with a modern fit and features like a mini ripstop contrast chest pocket, Internal headphone port, and Water resistant/windproof fabrication.

Cotopaxi Kusa Shirt at

Cotopaxi Kusa Shirt

This lightweight, snap-front shirt-jacket from Cotopaxi features llama fleece insulation and clean, classic style. There are vertical snaps along the lower back for added mobility while biking or hiking. The brand’s commitment to outreach and impact around the world gives you one more reason to get their gear. Available in raven, copper, & Moroccan blue.

Fjällräven Övik Eco-Shell Jacket at

Fjällräven Övik Eco-Shell Jacket

The Övik Eco-Shell Jacket from classic Swedish outdoor brand Fjällräven is a waterproof breathable 3-layer shell with a two-way front zipper and a hood with a laminated brim to keep water off your face. There’s also plenty of storage: a pair of large bellows pockets on lower front and lower back as well as a pair of snap-closure chest pockets.

Columbia OutDry Extreme ECO Shell Rain Jacket at

Columbia OutDry Extreme ECO Shell Rain Jacket

Columbia’s OutDry Extreme Technology is an eco-friendly alternative to the non-biodegradable synthetic PFCs usually used for waterproofing outerwear. Instead, it uses a micro-perforated rubber-like membrane that repels water but still breathes. This tech is featured in the ECO Shell jacket, which is also made of 100% recycled material and available only in white—not dying the fabric saves 13 gallons of water per garment.

Insect Shield Parka by Snow Peak at

Insect Shield Parka by Snow Peak

Instead of spraying yourself down with toxic chemicals to keep the skeeters away this summer, pull on your Insect Shield Parka. It’s made of Insect Shield polyester fabric that repels mosquitoes, dust mites and other small, annoying pests. The hood zips all the way over the face providing the full protection of a bug net.

Ketums Bondy Jacket at

Ketums Bondy Jacket

Ketums began as a bespoke rainwear-maker in Paris in the 1920s. Then the family business dissolved when Germany invaded France in WWII. Today, the great grandson is reviving the label with his first new piece: a traditional waxed cotton twill jacket with a flannel lining. The Bondy jacket is named for the street in Paris where Ketums began.

The Bison Insulated Jacket at

The Bison Insulated Jacket

Using a unique insulating fiber that combines hollow, heat-retaining Bison fur and recycled polyester, this 4-layer waterproof jacket from United By Blue will keep you warm in wet winter weather. The jacket also features a removable hood and a total of 14 pockets. American made.

Patagonia Merino Air at

Patagonia Merino Air

We know, it’s hot out right now, but here’s something new and notable for the fall/winter. Merino wool is among the world’s best natural insulators and its wicking properties make it the choice of athletes and adventurers who swing from sweating to freezing in one outing. Patagonia’s Merino Air collection uses responsibly-sourced wool blended with recycled Capilene for maximum performance.

Columbia OutDry Extreme at

Columbia OutDry Extreme

Columbia flipped the formula in rainjacket design with the creation of OutDry Extreme, a new fabric technology that uses a waterproof membrane on the outside of the jacket (rather than inside) for permanent water repellency and durability while also remaining breathable. 19 styles of jackets and pants will be available Spring 2016.