Fall/Winter 2012 Gear Guide: Men's Jackets

Westcomb Ozone Hoody

For me personally this was a great guide to be able to put together. One thing you should know about me is that I love jackets. So being about to see so many great new jackets coming out was exciting. We have testing many of these jackets and others we were able to see at the last Winter OR Show. We have gathered hard shells, down jackets, running specific jackets and everything in between. I hope you enjoy this guide as much as I did putting it together.

Westcomb Ozone Hoody

The Ozone is the quintessential go-everywhere, do-eveything hoody. Made of Polartec® PowerStretch® Pro, the Ozone delivers body-hugging 4-way stretch along with an abrasion-resistant nylon face. Adding warmth for September nights and November whiteouts, the Ozone also delivers street ready style from a distinct, textured "strié" treatment of the nylon face. With integrated thumb loops and a plush next-to-skin comfort by interior fleece and abrasion-free flat seams This with be a favorite. The uber-soft hood has an athletic cut that is neither restrictive nor bulky to add warmth for your head and ears.


• 2 Hand Pockets

• Trim stretch Hood

• Thumb Loops

• 2 Way Centre Zipper

• Athletic Fit

• MSRP: $180.00


patagonia nanoPatagonia Nano Puff Hybrid Jacket

New for Fall 2011, Patagonia has combined some of its most iconic materials in innovative new ways to increase performance and provide versatility across the insulation category. One of the new jackets to hybrid insulation is the Nano Puff Hybrid Jacket. Developed in conjunction with Patagonia’s climbing ambassadors, this product combines Patagonia’s top two insulating fabrics to offer the ultimate in insulation. The Nano Puff package (lightweight, recycled polyester shell with PrimaLoft® synthetic insulation) provides compressible, warm-when-wet protection while the R2® fleece vents the midsection, underarm panels and back.


• Lightweight recycled polyester ripstop shell with a Deluge® DWR (durable water repellent) finish protects;

• 60-g PrimaLoft ONE keeps you warm

• Polartec Thermal Pro vents excess heat to keep the body temperature perfectly regulated

• Microfleece-lined neck and chin for comfort

• Full-length, reverse-coil front zipper treated with a Deluge DWR finish; backed with a low-bulk wind flap

• Pockets: Two napoleon chest pockets are harness and pack compatible

• Unique quilt pattern holds insulation in place, which provides excellent warmth and compressibility

• Polartec R2 fleece has exceptional warmth-to-weight ratio, and is compressible and breathable with stretch in critical areas

• MSRP: $249.00


NorthFace polar-hoodedNorth Face Polar Hooded Fleece

Providing warmth and breathability where its needed most, this sleek new soft shell jacket provides an innovative body-mapped design that maps key hot and cold zones for maximum function and comfort. Shoulders, back, and hood feature high-pile fleece that aid with trapping heat without impairing mobility, with a swivel feature built-into the hood that fuels an unobstructed view.


• Polartec® Thermal Pro® High Loft and Polartec® Power Shield® High Loft hybrid construction maps key hot/cold zones and optimizes fabric placement for function and comfort

• Smooth mesh liner in sleeves, hood and chest wicks moisture

• High-pile fleece in shoulders and back trap warmth without inhibiting mobility

• Sleek, fixed, fully adjustable helmet-compatible hood swivels with head for a natural, unobstructed view

• Zip chest and handwarmer pockets

• MSRP: $299.00


OR incandescentOutdoor Research Incandescent Hoody

Built for situations that demand a super high warmth-to-weight ratio, the Incandescent Hoody uses an incredibly light but surprisingly durable 10-denier Pertex fabric paired with 200 grams of 800-fill down. The result is a jacket that’s super compressible when space is at a premium yet tips the scales at just 17.9 ounces (men’s large). The fact that the face fabric is so light allows the premium down fill to loft to its maximum potential, which results in maximum warmth. Unique horizontal quilting in differentiated men’s and women’s patterns keeps the down situated where ideal and gives the Incandescent a striking look. From ski touring to mountaineering, cragging to around town, the Incandescent Hoody provides warmth in a wide array of situations.


• 800+ fill down insulation

• Ultralight

• Ultra-compressible

• Water resistant

• Breathable

• Double-separating front zipper

• Internal stormflap

• Down-filled hood

• Two zippered handwarmer pockets; one doubles as stuff sack

• Elastic cuffs with tricot lining

• Drawcord hem Fabric- 100% ripstop nylon, 10D Pertex® Quantum fabric with DWR coating // 100% nylon, 20D taffeta lining

• MSRP: $325.00


brooksRange mojaveBrooks Range Mojave Down

The Mojave uses 800+ fill down that has been treated with DownTek™ technology. This nano technology creates a down fill that is water repellant with additional anti-microbial and anti-bacterial protection for long term durability. DownTek™ helps increase your protection from bad weather as well as our own body moisture while being active in the backcountry.


• DownTek™

• 800+ Fill power

• Fill Weight: 9oz medium

• Total weight: 16oz medium

• Pertex Quantum fabric

• Attached hood

• Baffled chest construction

• Zipper chin guard

• Low bulk cuffs

• Rise Free arm construction

• MSRP: $299.00


sierradesigns gnarSierra Designs Gnar Lite DriDown jacket

Great for under a shell on colder days or as an outer layer when temps are more manageable, the Gnar Lite jacket from Sierra Designs features 800 fill hydrophobic DriDown for outstanding warmth in a very light and compressible package. The Gnar Lite’s quilt-through design further cuts weight while elasticized cuffs feature thumb holes to keep hands warm. Two exterior hand pockets and two interior dump pockets are great for stashing hats, gloves, and other essentials.


• 2 Zipper Hand Pockets

• 2 Interior Dump Pockets

• 1 Interior Zippered Pocket

• Interior Center Front Storm Flap

• Elasticized Cuff with Thumbhole

• Lighter Weight Quilt Through

• Includes Stuff Sack

• MSRP: $229.00


woolrich exposureWoolrich Exposure Down Shirt Jac

Everyone needs a down sweater, and just about everyone company has one. But this one has a cool shirt jac vibe. I've been wearing this jacket for the past month and people love the look of it. The ultralight, polyester ripstop shirt jac featuring 800-fill goose down insulation keep you warm on the slopes or streets, without the bulk. Easily packs into its own self-storing pocket. Durable, water-repellent finish. Inside security pocket for your media player and cord. Spread collar and two chest pockets.


• Shell: 100% polyester mini ripstop, 1.5 oz

• Insulation: 800-fill--gray goose down

• Packable--Ultralight & designed for layering

• Packs into left hand-warmer pocket

• Center front zipper with internal storm flap

• Chest flap pockets with vintage snap closure

• Internal security pocket--Media cord compatible

• Water resistant

• Durable water-repellent finish

• Straight bottom hem with even front & back lengths

• Centerback length: L-30"

• MSRP: $199.00


flyflow quantumFlylow Quantum

The Quantum is the toughest and most technical jacket Flylow makes. It is built with a super tough and light nylon shell fabric with a 20K/20K waterproof breathable barrier and 22-inch underarm vents that keep you dry and cool. The powder skirt has a lycra connection for flexibility and comfort while riding and is not only removable, but can also be stowed while zipped in to stay out of your way. And the sleeves are ‘set-in’ for a good fit that allows for layering without bunching up. $2 from every Quantum jacket sold on their website will go to the Flyin’ Ryan Hawks Foundation. Ryan Hawks was one a pro skier, a powder-lover, an all-around great guy. When he passed away last year his loss was felt throughout the ski community. Money raised through the non-profit memorial fund will go to support individuals who demonstrate Ryan’s leadership and sense of adventure, and will support their journey in wilderness education, mountain exploration, or contributions to the freeskiing community.


• Three-layer Intuitive Fabric™

• Hardshell fabric: 100% nylon

• 20k/20k (waterproof / breathable)

• Fully seam taped, 6 pockets (2 hand warmer, 2 junk trunk inner pockets for skins, 2 chest pockets)

• Helmet compatible hood with 3 way cinches

• Removable powder skirt w/ stash buttons, Powder guard snaps, No bulk cuffs

• 16-inch pit zippers

• YKK water-proof zippers

• Articulated arms

• Level 5 Dupont DWR™(Durable, Water, Repellent)

• MSRP: $370


craghooppers hsukiCraghoppers Hsuki Jacket

This amazingly lightweight, two-tone waterproof jacket turns in a great performance in the wettest weather. The full-stretch ripstop fabric is matched by a lining that features stretch panels for unrestricted movement and the useful 'pit zips' offer the option of natural air cooling when things heat up.


• AquaDry Membrane polyester

• 29" jacket length

• Brushed inner collar

• Zip-off hood with toggle adjusters to front and back

• Pockets:2 waterproof zip chest pockets, 2 welted zip lower pockets and 1 zipped inner pocket

• Pocket fits O/Smap

• Inner drawcord hemsystem Waterproof CF zip with inner stormflap

• Shaped cuff with self-fabric velcro adjusters

• Brushed chin guard

• Pit zips

• Lifetime Guarantee

• MSRP: $140.00


FA mountainopsFirst Ascent Mountain Ops jacket

This work wear jacket features bombproof CORDURA® fabric and a significant supply of down warmth. Articulated sleeves, ribbed elastic cuffs and multiple storage pockets make this a great jacket for anyone who works in the outdoors. Also filled with 700 fill Premium European Goose Down. Check out our full review here.


• 500-Denier CORDURA® fabric made tough to survive abrasive work environments

• 700 fill goose down to keep you warm

• STORMREPEL® DWR finish repels moisture

• Mulitple storage pockets to stow tools, manuals or communication devices

• MSRP: $249.00


MWaxedCanvasJacketMountain Khakis Waxed Canvas Field Jacket

This signature jacket will travel many miles and seasons with you, and will be a staple for years to come. Mountain Khakis blends style and adventure in its Waxed Canvas Field Jacket, which features the finest of materials from British Millerain Co® Ltd – the premier purveyor of waxed canvas since the 1880’s. The body is lined with a Tencel-cotton-poly blend for softness and quick-dry, moisture-wicking performance. Sleeves are lined with taffeta for easyglide on and off. Stand-up collar has a button-tab to stay put and it also has bellowed custom-snap closure cargo and back field pockets.


• Quick Dry, Moisture Wicking Lining

• 6-Button Front Closure

• Button Tab Stand-Up Collar

• Single Welt Handwarmer Pockets

• Bellowed, Custom-Snap Closure Cargo Pockets

• Custom-Snap Closure Back Field Pocket

• 2 Interior Chest Pockets with Button Closure

• Adjustable Snap Cuffs

• Drop Tail Back Hem

• Embroidered Logo Treatment on Back Right Shoulder

• MSRP: $264.95


newbalance windblockerNew Balance NBx Windblocker Jacket

Utilizing a wind and waterproof fabric that 12% lighter than previous years, the NBx Wind Blocker Jacket protect the avid runner against extreme winter weather. The garment is composed of Thermal Wind Block fabrication, a premier wind and water resistant fabric that is breathable and moves with the body. It features waterproof, high visibility zippers and are treated with Polygiene®, a natural, silver salt treatment that provides anti-microbial protection and features Silver Lining™ at the back yoke and collar to create a waterproof and windproof barrier against the elements. These lightweight layers also offer front and back reflectivity, a music-friendly zip pocket with wire guide and exit valve and are equipped with hi-visibility handwarmer cuffs with thumbholes and nosewipe that can be flipped up for added visibility.


• Thermal Wind Block for extra protection

• Hi-viz gusset at forearms

• Store your GPS, MP3 player, cell phone, keys, and other valuables in the well-placed Media Pockets

• Water resistant

• Front and back color reflectivity

• MSRP: $130.00


pearlizumi flyreversePearl Izumi Fly Reverse Jacket

For the safety loving runner! Featuring P.R.O. Softshell Lite fabric which is treated with a breathable waterproof and windproof laminate, this jacket keeps runners dry and comfortable on dark winter mornings or evenings. Reflective external tape provides bright, 360 degrees of reflectivity for low light visibility on one side and solid black on the other.


• P.R.O. Softshell Lite fabric features a breathable, waterproof and windproof laminate

• Full length zipper for venting

• One welded chest zippered pocket

• Two hand pockets

• Reflective external tape provides bright, 360 degrees of reflectivity for low–light visibility

• MSRP $180


HH FlowHelly Hansen H2 Flow Jacket

The black exterior is a ripstop fabric that is both wind resistant and water resistant. The interior fabric is comprised of two things. The red fabric is fleece, i.e. positive space, which keeps you warm on cold days. The black dots are holes, i.e.e negative space, and are literally the interior of the exterior ripstop fabric. It keeps body heat flowing out of the jacket and ensures you don't overheat. Plus, you can't see it but its seamlessly transitioned and incredibly high quality. The front of the jacket features two big zippers (one is open in the photo) that replace the commonly placed pit zips. You can adjust the front zipper to allow a little air in, or a whole lot. Combined with H2 Flow system and you've got a great midlayer or outer layer jacket that works in a myriad of conditions.


• 200 g Polartec® brushed fleece in main body with air pocket perforations

• Zippers in front allows mechanical ventilation and stimulation of air flow

• Polyester shell outer fabric locks heat inside the air pockets

• Open mesh inside allows air to flow between the air pockets and the body, while protecting the construction during intense activities

• MSRP: $180.00


exofficio consoloExOfficio Consolo Fleece Jacket

Constructed from a wool blend, this jacket for both men and women offers the perfect combination of warmth and style. The bonded two-layer stretch fabric marries the smooth, timeless appeal of wool with the performance of fleece. It features an interior travel pocket system, wind placket, and a security zip chest pocket to keep you organized.


• Bonded wool fleece blend

• Soft brushed interior

• Internal travel pocket system

• Storm flap with snap closure on collar

• Two welded security zip hand pockets

• Security zip chest pocket

• High strength

• Wind resistant

• MSRP: $180