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The Best Insulated Vests: Outdoor Research Men’s Transcendent

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?

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Outdoor Research Men’s Transcendent.     Photo: Courtesy of Outdoor Research

A:Like all the vests here, Outdoor Research’s Transcendent packs into a small sack, but it has some of the more technical features of the company’s beefier jackets. An internal flap inside the zipper blocks wind, and the 650-fill down provides great insulation. A brushed-tricot band makes the collar more comfortable when belaying or performing other stationary activities in the cold. Nice features include the chest pocket and the carabiner loop that hangs from the stuff sack. The vest runs large, so size accordingly.

WEIGHT: 9.4 ounces
PRICE: $140

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