Smartwool Double Corbet 120
- Freedom to move
- Minimalist, urban styling
- Wind resistance
- Short waist
- Tight fit over layers
- Lack of technical features
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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