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Eddie Bauer First Ascent Igniter Jacket

rated 5 of 5 stars
photo: Eddie Bauer First Ascent Igniter Jacket synthetic insulated jacket

Hits the mark!


  • Fit
  • Warmth vs low weight
  • Value


  • Nothing significant so far

There are an ever increasing number of "puffy" jackets out there these days, with down or synthetic fills, and at various weights, and higher (mostly) prices.  First Ascent recently tweaked their synthetic fill Igniter jacket and hit the nail on the head, for me. It's an especially good value, I think.

The biggest advantage for me of the revised design is the shift to a "regular" fit, better allowing layering underneath. The previous model was a little snug over layers than I preferred.  I'm 5'9" and about 180lbs, and generally wear a Medium, this included.

This jacket is hooded and has a bit more insulation than my other synthetic jacket, a Montbell Thermawrap (hoodless). I very much like that jacket too — it's super super light, but not for colder conditions where more than a sweater layer is needed.

The outer/inner fabrics are light and have a nice "feel." Will see how they fare re: durability. Pockets are nicely situated. The only thing I'd tweak is to add a zipper pull from the bottom, not just the top. That way it would be a bit easier to accommodate a rope when attached to a climbing harness.  Otherwise, it's pretty well dialed in for its intended use.

I'd recommend it

Source: bought via a "pro deal"
Price Paid: About $100

If you want stylish and warm this is the jacket for you! And at the value and quality of this product, this is a must-have for winter!


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  • Warmth and insulating


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I have had and gone through so many coats and jackets and none live up to the Eddie Bauer First Ascent Igniter Jacket. In the winter I already feel weighed down and don't want the heavy bulk to carry around just to be able to stay warm for long periods of time.

For a lightweight jacket this jacket is very warm and insulated which will allow you to move freely and for longer periods of time to enjoy all those fun winter activities!

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $79.99

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Price MSRP: $199.00
Historic Range: $79.99-$199.00
Reviewers Paid: $100.00
Price MSRP: $199.00
Historic Range: $79.99-$199.00
Reviewers Paid: $79.99
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