Outdoor Research Halogen

halogen jacket backcountry Outside Buyers guide gear gear of the year

    Photo: Inga Hendrickson

The Halogen can’t do it all, but it does so much so well that it rates as one of the most versatile winter jackets we’ve ever tested. The fit is athletic but comfortable, and the combination of PrimaLoft insulation in the front, back, and upper arms with breathable stretch side panels strikes the perfect balance. It’s packable enough (it stuffs into its own pocket) to be your go-to backcountry midlayer, but it’s equally adept at cold-weather bike commuting. Testers loved the helmet-compatible hood—a stretch panel on the front frames your face with cozy soft-shell fabric, while the body of the hood is stuffed with insulation to make you toastier still. 13.1 oz.

BREATHABILITY: 4

WEATHERPROOFNESS: 3

Brand: Outdoor Research $199

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