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Smartwool Double Corbet 120

- published April 2017

86

2017

RATINGS

Fit & Comfort
9
Warmth
8
Features
5
Quality
9
Weight
5
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
86

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THE GOOD

  • Freedom to move
  • Quality
  • Minimalist, urban styling
  • Wind resistance

THE BAD

  • Short waist
  • Tight fit over layers
  • Lack of technical features

THE VERDICT

The Smartwool Double Corbet 120 provides warmth, surprisingly good wind resistance, and sharp urban styling but lacks technical features common in competitors and doesn’t stuff away well. The hybrid design allows for core warmth during winter running, Nordic skiing, and winter pub crawls. The non-insulated sections provide everyday comfort and contribute to its ability to be layered.

FULL REVIEW

Warmth
The "120" stands for 120 gram SmartLoft insulation throughout the core. That means a 1 meter x 1 meter piece of wool weighs 120 grams, the heaviest the company offers. 

Lining the interior is Smartwool's namesake merino, which allowed me to wear only a lightweight merino base layer under the Double Corbet 120 and stay warm in temperatures well below 30 degrees Fahrenheit with no wind, during a moderately strenuous uphill snowshoe hike.

Fit & Comfort
Smartwool's Double Corbet 120 is a slim-fit jacket ideal for those with slender builds, although Smartwool calls it a “regular-fit”. It's comfortable and moves well with the body.

Features
There's a lack of technical features in the Double Corbet 120 that may lead to it being seen more often at brunch than deep in the backcountry. Yet, its streamlined fit and inherent warmth certainly warrant its use in moderate wilderness climbs. The chest pocket can handle most size mobile devices and has a nicely stitched cable port.

Quality
The Smartwool Double Corbet 120 is an exceptionally well-built and durable jacket, the best made within the test—it feels "tough". Testing revealed no physical weaknesses, zipper issues, or exterior blemishes.

Weight
The Double Corbet 120 weighs 17 ounces. It doesn't pack particularly well. I managed to fold it down to about the size of a football. It will pack reasonably well into the lids of alpine packs in the 30-40 liter range, but don’t expect much else to be in there with it.

Additional Specs
Insulation: SmartLoft Wool Exterior 
Shell: Polyester, Merino wool, with elastane 
Interior Lining: Merino wool

How We Tested It

The jackets in this test were used for several months during the burly 2016-17 Sierra Nevada winter throughout the Tahoe basin. They were tested in a number of activities, including sunny hikes, shoveling snow, full-moon snowshoe hikes, and under a shell during a few powder days.

For more reviews beyind this 2017 test, check out our Best Active Insulation Jacket Test, our softshell jacket tests, as well as our other related hiking gear tests

The products featured in this test have been loaned to the Gear Institute. For more on our policies regarding editorial objectivity and sample returns, see here.

About the Author

Craig Rowe

Craig Rowe

Craig is a backpacking guide, copywriter, occasional climber, sometime surfer and fair-weather snowboarder. He went to NOLS, Leaves No Trace, and lives in Truckee, CA. He also invented TripTarp.

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MSRP
LOW PRICE
$200.00
Support Gear Institute. If you make a purchase after clicking on the links above, a portion of the sale helps support this site.

RATINGS

Fit & Comfort
9
Warmth
8
Features
5
Quality
9
Weight
5
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
86

Weight

17 oz

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