Backcountry.com Wayfarer Down Vest
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If you've been there, you know. The allure of the mountains lies in their ineffability--the beauty, the unpredictability, the ruggedness, and the undiluted difficulty they present. And if you don't mind investing a little bit of yourself--a deposit of blood, sweat, and maybe a few tears generally does the trick--they can reward you with the most transformative experiences of your life, especially if things go slightly wrong. While finger-swelling hypothermia could be one hell of a transformative experience (literally), it's generally best to stay warm if you can, which is where the backcountry. com Men's Wayfarer Down Vest comes in. Built with seriously rugged situations in mind, the Wayfarer is loaded up with 850-fill goose down inside a featherlight Pertex Quantum shell, giving you a sensationally warm, packable, and durable layering piece that comes to life on knife-edge ridges, blistering cold mornings, and exposed belays. In addition to having a water-resistant DWR coating and weighing roughly as much as your eyebrows, Pertex is windproof and downproof, so you won't get unnecessarily hammered by frigid breezes or unpack the Wayfarer at base camp to find out it has more holes than the underwear you've been wearing for two weeks. The Wayfarer also boasts elastic handwarmer pockets and an internal security pocket, so you can focus on the next heinous posthole, hand jam, or 60-degree jump turn without worrying about whether you'll ever see your keys again.
- Backcountry.com refers to the men's version