First Ascent Accelerant Jacket

We put 70 jackets through the wringer—running, skinning, skiing, and hiking. After nitpicking over pocket placement, breathability, and ever other detail under the sun, we settled on these six.

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BEST FOR: MOVING QUICKLY

We tucked this hoody under shells on chilly days and wore it on its own for winter hikes when the mercury edged up. A light layer of PrimaLoft One insulation under element-resistant nylon on the front and back and in the arms kept us just warm enough when the wind picked up, while stretchy fleece along the sides and lower back helped dump steam. 11.5 oz

Brand: First Ascent $179
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