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By NorCalNomad
From San Francisco
Sep 12, 2012
So I'm looking for a synthetic insulated jacket WITH a hood. Which seems like my choices are limited to:

Arc'teryx Atom SV (which I'd love to afford/ find a sale one)
Arc'teryx Atom LT hoodied
Mountain Hardware Compressor hooded
Mammut Stratus Flash
North Face Redpoint Optimus
Patagonia Nano Hoody


Am I missing any worthwhile?

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By Jon Miller on the WS
Sep 12, 2012
Ibex has the new Aire Hoody. Nanopuff like weight and packability, a little more warmth in my opinion. It is insulated with wool fiber rather than down or synthetic. I've been using a prototype non hood since last winter and just got the hood version. They are fantastic.

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By Vaughn Fetzer
From Fairbanks, AK
Sep 12, 2012
Don't forget Montbell.

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By KathyS
From Poughkeepsie, NY
Sep 12, 2012
Me at the summit of Inner Course (5.4) in the Outlets.  Long, lovely, mellow route.  Well protected even.  My favorite lead from the trip.
Also consider the Rab Photon. It's a thicker jacket than the Nano. Not sure how it compares to the others. I wore mine on Whitney and Rainier and it worked well.

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By Dustin B
From Steamboat
Sep 12, 2012
It's always a party.
I know it's more for snowboarders and stuff, but my synthetic down is made by Loki, Its great and it has a hood, built in balaclava that folds into the hood when not in use, and the sleeves have built in mittens that also fold back when not in use, those things keep me nice and tosty at belays and bivies.

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By Cruxic
From Corvallis, OR
Sep 12, 2012
Monkey Face - Smith Rock OR
I recently got a Marmot Baffin Hoody and absolutely love it. It's warmer than my old fat down puffy and much lighter.

When I first got it I was a little disappointed at how thin it felt, but as soon as I wore it on a cold, windy day my fears melted away.

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By Ben Brotelho
From Albany, NY
Sep 12, 2012
Epic free solo with a pack on
It seems you are looking for something less warm, but the Patagonia DAS is amazing. I love it!

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By Brad W
From San Diego
Sep 12, 2012
First Ascent Ignited
Cloudveil Enclosure
Montbell Thermawrap (there are a few)

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By Scott McMahon
From Boulder, CO
Sep 12, 2012
Bocan
Outdoor Research Chaos - packable, warm and windstopper
Wild Things Insulight - Like a cross between the Atom LT and SV

Bearer of bad news...you just missed sales on quite a few of those jackets.

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By Medic741
From Pittsford, New York
Sep 12, 2012
When I was a bum at Frey
+1 montbell

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By JMo
From Tucson, AZ
Sep 12, 2012
vertebrae roof
The montbell is awesome

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By Brian Bulthuis
From New York, NY
Sep 12, 2012
Another +1 for the MontBell - the Thermawrap UL Parka is awesome. Seems they stopped selling this version in the US - I see the "guide" and "pro" (both more insulated and heavier than the UL Parka) as the only hooded Thermawrap options on their US website. The Thermawrap UL Parka is still listed on their Japanese website for $190USD (equiv) and shows as in stock.

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By Sir Wanksalot
From County Jail
Sep 12, 2012
Vaughn Fetzer wrote:
Don't forget Montbell.


+1. Just picked up a thermawrap pro... nice and light!

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By Darren Mabe
From Flagstaff, AZ
Sep 12, 2012
wham bam hand jam. Wrapping up the final moves of Twist of Fate, Oak Creek Canyon. <br /> <br />photo: Blake McCord
montbell thermawrap. done.

next thread...

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By Shelton Hatfield
From Austin, Texas
Sep 12, 2012
Photo by Damien
i cant believe no one has mentioned the montbell UL thermawrap

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By Darren Mabe
From Flagstaff, AZ
Sep 12, 2012
wham bam hand jam. Wrapping up the final moves of Twist of Fate, Oak Creek Canyon. <br /> <br />photo: Blake McCord
Shelton Hatfield wrote:
i cant believe no one has mentioned the montbell UL thermawrap

give it time

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By germsauce
Sep 12, 2012
Hippos kill people
my Patagucci hooded micropuff is the best thing that's happened to me since i lost my virginity 12 years ago. bonus points for the fact that my peepee doesn't burn after I wear the jacket.


Seriously, it's a great jacket.

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By Sir Wanksalot
From County Jail
Sep 12, 2012
Shelton Hatfield wrote:
i cant believe no one has mentioned the montbell UL thermawrap


No hood...

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By Princess Mia
From Vail
Sep 12, 2012
Chillin' at City of Rocks
Montbell thermawrap??????

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By Darren Mabe
From Flagstaff, AZ
Sep 12, 2012
wham bam hand jam. Wrapping up the final moves of Twist of Fate, Oak Creek Canyon. <br /> <br />photo: Blake McCord
Randy W. wrote:
No hood...

mine has one

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By Nathan Stokes
Sep 12, 2012
I have an older OR synthetic hoody that I love the heck out of (have two of the exact same one actually) Forget the model, probably equivalent to the current Havoc. Mid weight, fleece lined pockets, chest zip.
The Lady Friend has a Rab Xeon with hood. Drawbacks of the Rab jacket are the elastic hood tension (no drawcord) and it might be a tad tight to wear over a helmet. The Rab has a Pertex shell that feels about as thick as a grocery sack bag, but once you get past that she loves it.

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By Sir Wanksalot
From County Jail
Sep 12, 2012
Darren Mabe wrote:
mine has one


Yeah, I remember they had one, but I think they stopped making it. I was looking for that jacket when I purchased the thermawrap pro.

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By Daniel Wade
From Oakland, CA.
Sep 12, 2012
I have enjoyed my TNF Redpoint Optimus for that past few seasons for pretty much everything. I have a Pata DAS that I used occasionally for cold ice belays.

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By bearbreeder
Sep 12, 2012
Whatever fits, uses modern insulation, is decently light .. And is on sale

They all work more or less the same ...

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By John Klooster
From Arvada, CO
Sep 12, 2012
Backflip, Lumpy Ridge
Thermawrap Pro is just the UL thermawrap parka with beefed up nylon. UL was 15 denier and the pro is 30 d

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By Dane
Sep 12, 2012
Cham '11
Seriouisly you have missed the best of the bunch and I have many of the best here that I have testing/using. Spoiler for the CT write up but there you are.

RAB Generator Alpine Jacket

30D triple rip stop Pertex® Endurance outer
Pertex® Quantum 20D rip stop lining
Warm 100g Primaloft® One in body
Light 60g Primaloft® One in arms and hood
Fully draw-cord adjustable, helmet compatible hood with a roll down tab
1 Endurance lined chest pocket which functions as a stuff pocket
2 YKK zipped hand warmer pockets
1 internal zipped security pocket
Laminated velcro cuff tabs, and adjustable hem drawcord

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