Here are my current go-to jackets for a variety of applications.
I grew up and currently live in a very cold part of the world and as such, have been able to refine my jacket system to best fit my needs in any condition. One thing I have realized as I have refined this system is that there isn’t one solution that meets all needs. Because of this, my jacket collection is pretty extensive.
Comments: This jacket is one of my favourite of all time. It definitely is not an everyday jacket but is amazing for those late night winter time-lapse sessions. It packs down into a small stuff sack and is fairly light. One thing to note is that some parts of the jacket could use some love. The hand slips stitching has already started to let loose after light use.
Buy from Manufacturer | $650
Description: Designed for elite athletes aiming to reach the top of the world, our 800-fill down insulated Himalayan Parka provides alpine mountaineers with outstanding thermal warmth during demanding expeditions. Now crafted with a Windstopper® exterior for reliable protection in the world’s harshest climates.
Comments: Having a good shell is important for any layering system. This shell is a good solution with great wind and water protection. On a recent expedition, the pocket stitching let loose and I had to have it sewn. When contacting the company, they said they would reimburse me for a seamstress to fix. One thing that I am disappointed in is that this stitching negates the waterproofing of the seam. I have since added a Gortex patch to cover the stitching.
Buy from Manufacturer | $350
Description: A full-featured, 3-layer alpine climbing shell with superior articulation. Made for the serious climber. The Torsun offers outstanding mobility, especially through the arms and body, so it moves with you even in the trickiest situations. Dry.Q™ Elite technology keeps you desert-dry inside, while its 3-layer construction ensures durability and longevity.
Comments: The Monkey Man is my favourite layer in this system. It is crazy warm and really packs a punch. It is not rain or wind protection so keep that in mind.
Buy from Manufacturer | $150
Description: A leaner, meaner Monkey Man. We’ve retained all of the Monkey Man’s legendary comfort and thermal efficiency while dialing down the loft for easier layering, less weight and a more streamlined look. Strategically zoned fabric maximizes stretch and breathability where you need it most.
Comments: A down jacket rounds out your layering system. For me, I use this when I get cold but pack it when I am being active. I rarely wear this unless when layered.
Buy from Manufacturer | $180
Description: Low-profile down jacket with an outstanding warmth-to-weight ratio. The Micro Ratio Down Jacket is fortified with Q.Shield™ DOWN 650-fill insulation, which retains critical loft and warmth even when wet, superior warmth without the weight. Despite its big-jacket warmth, this compressible wonder is designed so efficiently that it stows away in its own pocket for packing.