(Photo: Inga Hendrickson and Kevin Zansler)
2022 Winter Buyer’s Guide

The Best Vests of 2022

These layers herald a bold, new, sleeveless future

Inga Hendrickson and Kevin Zansler

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When it comes to versatility, vests are the best. They provide just a smidge of insulation between a base layer and an outer shell, offering a hug of warmth for your core while still allowing excess body heat to escape around your arms. But the right one will double as a casual accessory, too. These are our sleeveless favorites in an array of insulating fills and fabrics, each one perfect for a day on the trail followed by an evening by the fire.

Kora Stratam ($190)

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Everyone needs a little black vest. We love the Stratam’s light pile interior, which provides warmth and moisture wicking, with a soft, smooth outer. The zippered waist pockets and rear cargo pouch securely held keys and a layer on winter runs. (men’s S–XXL)

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Krimson Klover Sela Reversible ($149)

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Stretchy side panels give this formfitting vest flex for skiing or hiking. In an instant, the reversible design transforms from a solid exterior with angled down baffles to a vintage-ski-inspired graphic. (women’s XS–L)

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Brooks Shield Hybrid ($110)

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This sleek vest offers wind resistance and warmth for high-output activities like running and skiing. A tough-but-light breathable ripstop face fabric encases poly-fiber insulation on the front, and an uninsulated back panel keeps you cool. Four discreet external pockets stash a phone, gloves, and a light shell. One pocket inside fits a house key. (men’s and women’s XS–XXL)

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ATG By Wrangler™ Men’s Fleece Bomber Vest ($70)

With a modern twist on the classic bomber jacket silhouette, this ATG by Wrangler™ men’s bomber vest takes outdoor style to another level. Plus, the vest features a warm fleece construction designed to give you plenty of comfort on all your cold-weather adventures. Layer it over your favorite base layers for some lightweight added warmth that won’t weigh you down.

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Jack Wolfskin JWP ($100)

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Jack Wolfskin’s JWP combines a classic ­puffer look with a 100 percent recycled polyester fabric and 100 percent recycled synthetic fill, and features a water-resistant, windproof outer and fast-drying, synthetic insulation. All that fits into a stuffsack the size of a softball, making it ideal for bringing along on outings in variable temperatures. (men’s S–3XL / women’s XS–XXL)

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66° North Tindur ($175)

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High-pile fleece gives the Tindur the look and feel of a sheep’s-wool coat but without the bulk. Large zippers, three external pockets, and stretch panels under the arms lend a rugged appearance. A bit longer in the back to offer additional butt coverage, this vest is ideal as an insulating layer beneath a technical shell for backcountry skiing or cold-weather hiking. (unisex S–XXL)

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Canada Goose HyBridge Knit ($575)

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Puffy, meet sweater. Front-facing baffles of 675-fill goose down are this vest’s primary source of insulation, while the back consists of knitted merino wool. The two work ­together to keep you warm without overheating. Ribbing at the hem, arm holes, and collar helps seal each opening. The hand-warmer pockets boast soft knit lining for added comfort. (men’s XS–XXL)

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From Winter 2022 Buyer’s Guide Lead Photo: Inga Hendrickson and Kevin Zansler

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