Cloudveil FirsTurn Hooded Jacket

Dec 15, 2009
Outside Magazine
Cloudveil Firs Turn Hooded Jacket

1. One of the most versatile soft shells we've seen, the FirsTurn easily beat back steady 20-mile-per-hour winds and driving snow at New Mexico's Taos Ski Valley yet also kept us comfortable on a sunny, 40-degree day of backcountry laps. Ski, skate, run—the FirsTurn even held up on a cold and rainy bike commute. "Harder than giving up my woobie," said a testerreluctant to give it back.

2. At the end of the day—especially a long one in the backcountry, with changing weather conditions and varying levels of exertion—a jacket is only as good as its main ingredient. The FirsTurn's tightly woven, DWR-coated polyester face has just enough stretch for athletic, top-to-bottom descents, and its three mesh-backed pockets (there are no pit zips) make it breezy enough for uphill slogs.

3. In a world of overpriced and overfeatured soft shells, the FirsTurn is refreshingly simple: It's streamlined enough to be your go-to, all-season soft shell. And, at 150 bucks, a screaming deal. You get what you need: a helmet-compatible hood that doesn't limit visibility or motion, and two internal pockets—one zippered and the other big enough to hold a Nalgene bottle. And that's it.

(1.5 lbs) $150

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