Every year, Gear Patrol editors test as many down jackets as we can get our hands on in search of the best. (Our gear closet would be wall-to-wall with ripstop and feathers if they weren’t so damn compressible.) For two years running, we’ve awarded the top slot to Mountain Hardwear’s Super/DS StretchDown jacket, and right now, with plenty of cold left in the season — and next year to look forward to — it’s on sale for 50 percent off.
The Super/DS StretchDown edges out the competition through a versatile combination of features, starting with the one in its name: stretch. The jacket’s fabric and unconventional baffle pattern combine to create the most freedom of movement in any down jacket we’ve worn. The design also minimizes cold spots, which increases its primary function — to keep you warm.
Mountain Hardwear’s half-off sale applies to two colors, but you can find more options over at REI.
The Gear Patrol Commuter, made in tandem with Priority Bicycles, was inspired by — and tested on — the streets of New York City. Streamlined for your everyday grind, it a pairs a durable, easy-to-maintain feature set with an understated colorway you won’t find anywhere else. Buy Now:
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