Interest Check: Outdoors & Ultralight Jackets

Hey guys,
We want to hear what Outdoors & Ultralight jackets all of you are into. More specifically, what brands, types, and styles.
What type of qualities do you look for in a jacket? ▶ Are there certain materials or designs that make most sense for you? ▶ What companies do you think make the best products?
We’re always looking at posts and polls for suggestions, and we take them into account when we’re looking for products to put on the site. It doesn’t mean we can secure relationships with every brand or company of course, but we do try, and it gives us a better sense of the interests of the community.
We thought the easiest way to round up and talk about what jackets everyone likes is to make a Talk Post so let us know what you think and what suggestions you might have in the discussion. Myself and the buying team will be here to take everything into consideration.
See our other Interest Checks here: · Backpacks:
· Shoes:

We’ll be posting other Interest Checks for other categories (shoes, tents, canisters, etc.) soon so stay tuned. And feel free to share any polls you’ve created here so we can help more people see them.

Jan 2, 2022
I sweat heavily, so outer layer breathability is really important to me, plus pit zips, chest and hand pockets, and light weight (willing to sacrifice some durability to achieve it.) The Zpacks Vertice is the best match for these requirements so far, e.g. being reasonably comfortable while backpacking for during a trip with 3 straight days of rain in the summer. I loved the Outdoor Research Helium HD, but it was stolen and they stopped making the HD. Mixing and matching the above with a Patagonia r2 fleece jacket and Micropuff / Ultralight Down Hoody for insulation, plus Houdini for wind, have worked for me for everything down to freezing temperatures. In the interest of saving weight, I've been experimenting with an EE Visp (so far, so good) and am planning a MYOG Alpha Direct pullover (and tights.)
Nov 23, 2021
Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer
Mar 20, 2019
Everybody wants a nice down jacket. Warmth to weight ratio just doesn't get better. A good brand to try if you haven't yet would be Cotopaxi, they are up and coming, partner with other companies often, and make some high quality down products.
Mar 15, 2019
Out of curiosity, has anyone used, or looked at the Hill City (GAP) ultralight hooded jacket, or their reversible hooded puffer, any of the other primaloft jackets? Price point is pretty decent.
A community member
Feb 15, 2019
I've got a Patagonia down bubble jacket. It's about 5 years old, been everywhere, done everything, very packable and light. I'd buy another one in a second. If I could add anything, I'd reinforce the shoulders for carrying a pack and add a windproof lining.
Feb 12, 2019
I've got the Hilfiger natural down packable-black. I love it. It's so light, you forget you're wearing it, yet it's so warm, you almost never need to zip it up! 90% duck down/10% waterfowl. Comes with little drawstring pouch for packing.
Jan 31, 2019
i usually dont see lower than 20s in temps so i just layer a windshell/rainjacket over a hoodie or longsleeve. i primarily look for gore-tex but plenty of good windbreakers dont use it. would love to see a Kuiu partnership or maybe a cool northface collab project. Drawstring at the waist is a plus along with vents in the inner arms.
Jan 31, 2019
Heavy-duty Expedition/ Alpine type ,Gore-Tex / Waterproof Jacket with Stretch Panels or Knee Length Parka with Insulation rated for -15 to -25 F, made of Dyneema Composite Laminate Fabric. Under-arm Zip-Vents, Adjustable Cuffs, Helmet compatible Hood, Drawstrings / Cinch - cords for Wrist , waist and hood. Preferably Bright Colors like Red, Yellow or Blue.
Jan 27, 2019
The Ultimate Direction Ultra Jacket V2 would be great!
Jan 24, 2019
kuiu partnership would be incredible
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