[pct-l] Jacket Recommendations

jason moores jmmoores at hotmail.com
Thu Jan 13 02:02:08 CST 2011


Each year is a bit different on the PCT, and each person's comfort level is different. 

In '09 I carried a lightweight wool base-layer, Montain wind shirt(3oz) a Mont-bell Ultralight Down Inner Jacket and Mountain Hardware Cohesion rain jacket, light  gloves and wool beanie. I added an aditional base-layer for the Sierra. One to hike in, one to sleep in.

'10 turned out to be much cooler and wetter. I switched out the down jacket for a Patagonia Nano Puff Pullover which is a synthetic(PrimaLoft). I found this jacket to be much warmer than my down jacket and I felt more comfortable about hiking in it(the Mont-bell quickly soaked through with sweat if I hiked in it, not as big of a concern with the synthetic). The Nano is two onces heavier, but I also switched out rain-gear, the Cohesion for a Equinox Anorack that was 7 or 8 oz. lighter.

If you tend to run a bit cooler and have the cash, take a look at the Western Mountaineering Flash Jacket. Molasses bought one at the K.O. and I don't think that she's taken it off since, which is good considering how much it costs. Cost aside, it packs down to about the size of a grapefruit, lofts like crazy and has a hood(all for 9oz). All in all maybe the best ultralight down jacket on the market. WM are among the best down manufacturers around, if not the best. 


> Date: Wed, 12 Jan 2011 17:42:45 -0800
> From: dofdear at cox.net
> To: pct-l at backcountry.net
> Subject: [pct-l] Jacket Recommendations
> Dear List,
> I've nearly worn out my 2008 North Face Apex Volt jacket.  It weighed in at 17 ozs.  What are thoughts on a replacement?  I've looked at the Columbia Thermodynamic Omni-Heat Jacket but there is a weight penalty of an additional 7 ozs.  Otherwise a great item.  Appreciate inputs and knowing what others are wearing on the trail.
> dofdear aka Thumper
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