An update to Black Diamond’s best selling waterproof-breathable summer weight jacket, the 2017 Liquid Point fits better, but retains the same clean, simple, and functional attributes of its previous iteration.
The Brooks-Range Mountaineering Hybrid Down Sweater is a mid-weight insulating jacket for intense winter and shoulder-season activities. It was the warmest jacket in the test and fit well under shells, but leaked insulation at multiple activity points.
The Outdoor Research Uberlayer Hooded Jacket breathes extremely well when working hard in cold environments, yet insulates just as well when activity ceases, eliminating the need to layer up or down during stop and go adventures.
The Black Diamond Equipment First Light Hoody is a durable workhorse for alpine environments, providing the right combination of breathability and heat retention for moderately active, start and stop pursuits in winter conditions.
The Patagonia KnifeRidge jacket is a well-rounded soft shell hoody that provides excellent mobility while protecting in all but the wettest conditions. This piece remains light, compressible, with just the right number of features.