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The Best Insulated Vests: Mountain Hardwear Nitrous

I’m looking forward to spring skiing—and to staying comfortable without a heavy jacket. What do you recommend for those days when a hardshell is overkill?

Mountain Hardwear Nitrous insulated vests outside gear guy bob parks

Mountain Hardwear Nitrous.     Photo: Courtesy of Mountain Hardwear

A:A layer of high-density 800-fill goose down in Mountain Hardware’s Nitrous vest gives it a great warmth-to-weight ratio. Like all the vests here, it chinches at the waist to keep out blowing air and stows in a sack made from one of the hand pockets.

WEIGHT: 9 ounces
PRICE: $175

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