The Uberlayer Hooded Jacket is a lightweight, wind and water resistant jacket with superior breathability using Polartec Alpha Insulation.
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The ingenious design of the UberLayer Hooded Jacket places Polartec Alpha – a water-resistant and highly compressible Active Insulation – between a polyester mesh lining and a highly breathable nylon shell, dumping excess heat when you're on the move but holding it in during downtime.
Perfect for aerobic climbs and ski tours, this backcountry chameleon provides the warmth of a synthetic puffy one moment and the breathability and quick-dry performance of a fleece the next, all without forcing you to add, remove or adjust your layers.
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This highly compressible active jacket is made using a combination of Polartec Alpha Insulation and Nylon 3D stretch shell, but the real story is in Polartec Alpha itself, designed to be worn when you are active - so on the move - there are alternative insulation garments that are more suited to wearing around camp - Polartec Alpha is about keeping you vented even though you are also being kept insulated.
Its quite a breakthrough, especially for cold weather walking when you need insulation but start sweating hard when you reach a strenuous bit. Weight for weight Polartec Alpha is only about half as warm as Primaloft so the king of insulation keeps its crown - but Alpha has its place - I recently wore an Alpha garment all day while walking in Corsica in particularly cold conditions and stayed warm & comfortable for the duration - I kept checking my baselayer, which stayed completely dry.
The Uberlayer features two soft hand warmer pockets, one chest pocket, two large inner mesh pockets and an adjustable helmet compatible hood. It also has lycra cuffs and a drawcord hem so you can keep the heat in and cold wind out. The jacket would be comfortable to use with a harness as it has a two way center front zipper with an internal front storm flap. A warm, soft and comfortable jacket that would feel right at home on the crags.
- Reviewed by Ultralight Outdoor Gear
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