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The Best Insulated Vest

Why you should trust us

To find the best puffy vests, we asked cool-weather climbers, commuters, cross-country cyclists, hikers, a curler, backcountry skiers, and an ICU nurse what they wanted in a vest for both work and play. Our sources included:

  • Brandon Lampley, a rock climber, mountaineer, and former senior editor at OutdoorGearLab who has biked across the country to raise awareness for several nonprofits doing development work in Nepal.
  • Manasseh Franklin, a Laramie, Wyoming–based backcountry skier and mountain biker, and a former certified technical rock-climbing guide. Her writing has appeared in the magazines Alpinist and Rock and Ice.
  • Maya Rosenzweig, a San Francisco Bay Area–based ICU nurse and distance backpacker who uses vests both indoors and outdoors.
  • Jayme Moye, a Nelson, British Columbia–based recreational curler and award-winning travel and outdoor writer.
  • Jim McDannald, a runner, residency-trained physician, and assistant coach of track and cross-country at the Université du Québec à Montréal.

Liz Thomas wrote the first iteration of this guide when she was a staff writer on Wirecutter’s outdoors team; she started wearing insulated vests as a rock climber in Yosemite a decade ago and found that they translated well to outdoor activities and everyday life. Since then, she has hiked more than 15, miles on long trails and once held the women’s unassisted speed record on the Appalachian Trail (hiking 2, miles from Georgia to Maine in 80 days, 13 hours). She teaches Backpacker magazine’s online Thru-Hiking class and wrote Long Trails: Mastering the Art of the Thru-Hike.

The co-author standing on top of a mountain, wearing a blue insulated vest.

Freelance journalist and frequent Wirecutter contributor Jenni Gritters updated this guide with the newest models from Jenni has a decade of experience writing about health, the outdoors, parenting, and purchasing. She has covered products ranging from headlamps and down jackets to hiking poles and backpacking tents to baby swings. She grew up in the wet and cold cities of Boston and Seattle, and currently lives in the Pacific Northwest with her son, husband, and dog. She spends her summers hiking, her falls and springs tromping through the rain, and her winters wearing snowshoes, which means she’s a pro at evaluating the best—and worst—winter gear.

In the past, Jenni contributed gear reviews to the REI Co-op Journal, which is an editorially independent publication run by the REI Co-op. Liz was an outdoor ambassador to about a dozen companies, including Montbell, which provided her with gear from November until she joined the Wirecutter staff in March To keep the findings of this review objective, we based our conclusions on both quantitative data (such as weight, compression size, length of the torso, and so on) and qualitative data from third-party testers who had no affiliation with any of the gear companies in this guide. The findings for this guide were also reviewed and affirmed by two additional Wirecutter outdoors editors who have never had any professional relationship with REI, Montbell, or other brands mentioned here.

When should you wear a vest instead of a jacket?

A vest has some practical advantages over a jacket: It weighs less, allows added mobility, and takes up less space (which is nice for travelers who are limited to a carry-on). Also, a vest typically costs less than a jacket.

If you need warmth primarily when you’re not moving (such as in camp after a day of play or while watching a sports game), stick with an insulated jacket. But if you think you’ll experience drastic temperature changes during an outdoor adventure or you plan to be super-active—which can translate to high volumes of sweat—choose an insulated vest. In cool weather, insulated vests are masters of thermoregulation—or keeping the body from overheating or getting too cold—when either the ambient temperature or the amount of heat you generate through exercise changes.

An arm-free insulating layer offers benefits to athletes, especially when it comes to mobility. Brandon Lampley, a Yosemite big-wall rock climber with several Himalayan first ascents, told us, “Sleeves get in the way. Elbow and forearm fabric wear out quick.” He added that many climbers favored vests because of the maximum range of motion in the shoulder.

He also typically uses a vest while cycling, as a “Goldilocks layer” for interval training or exercising on rolling hills. When the intensity level of your activity drops, sweat can chill the body to dangerous levels. Lampley added, “I’m super-sweaty, and if I want the same clothes for uphills and downhills, the vest is great. On the bike, I don’t want to stop every 5 or 10 minutes [to take off a layer] on the uphills and don’t want to be frozen on the downhills, either.” Many athletes, including Lampley, told us a jacket’s arms made it hard to remove while you’re on the go. With a vest, your core stays warm on downhills, but you can still let off some heat through your arms.

Those mobility advantages also translate to the workplace. “We physically move people and manipulate equipment all the time,” San Francisco Bay Area intensive care unit nurse Maya Rosenzweig told us. “A vest has more mobility than a jacket, so it’s more functional.”

How to layer with a vest

Vests are designed to be worn over a base layer. The base layer creates a temperature-regulated bubble against your skin, and the vest keeps your core warm, which is important “because your body puts a premium on protecting the vital organs over the appendages,” said former running coach and physician Jim McDannald.

Although insulated vests lack arms, they still keep your arms warm by limiting shunting, the process of blood leaving the appendages or the skin, which keeps your organs functioning in the cold. When the body doesn’t need to work as hard to keep you warm, it can dedicate resources to other activities such as performance.

A thermal image showing the comparable warmth of two people wearing vests and one person wearing a jacket.

Although breathability is less important in a vest than in a base layer, an insulated vest should not trap your sweat. You can also layer your insulated vest with a wind jacket. To stretch the temperature range of the vest-plus-base-layer combo without having to add a jacket, put on a hat, gloves, and warm socks.

A vest also works well under rain gear. When you spend enough time in the rain, water creeps under your sleeves to the layer underneath. If you wear a down jacket, those sleeves become useless for insulation and warmth. But with a vest, your core will stay warm without the worry of wet wrists or sleeves.

How we picked

A stack of four folded insulated vests on an outdoor table

To determine which brands and models to test, we talked with experts, considered the most popular vests at outdoor stores, scoured outdoor and fashion media, and looked through customer reviews. We identified 44 different vests that looked promising. From there, we narrowed the field to 18 contenders during several seasons; we chose which vests to test based on the following criteria:

  • Price: We looked for vests that were available in both men’s and women’s versions for approximately $ or less. Some of our vests tend to retail for more but are on sale with enough regularity that we decided to include them.
  • Light to midweight models: Our experts steered us away from heavyweight vests. If you’re moving, the best vest keeps your core warm but won’t leave you wanting to take it off. Chances are good that if the weather is cold enough for a heavier vest, you’ll want arms with it. So then you’re better off wearing a jacket.
  • For down vests, to fill power: By eliminating vests with a lower fill power (a measure of how much volume in cubic inches 1 ounce of down will fill), we found vests with better warmth-to-weight ratios.
  • Hand-warmer pockets: These two pockets are positioned on either side of the body where the arms fall, allowing you to stuff your cold hands into them.
  • Extra features: We looked for a full zipper and a waist cinch to reduce draft (which all of the vests except the Uniqlo had).
  • Positive online customer reviews: We looked for models with more than four out of five stars, where available.
  • Positive mentions in at least two other media sources: We scoured Outside, Backpacker, Gear Junkie, Powder, Ski magazine, Men’s Journal, CleverHiker, Gear Patrol, Adventure Cycling, GQ, Refinery29, Switchback Travel, and GearLab for brands and models of insulated apparel.
  • Ethical sourcing: We preferred vests that contained down certified by the Responsible Down Standard (RDS), which aims to ensure a company sourced its feathers from birds that weren’t live-plucked. Global Traceable Down Standard (Global TDS) is another down certification program that both guarantees the safety of the birds and also audits the farms distributing feathers. (There’s talk of merging the Global TDS and RDS standardizing processes in the near future.)

Down or synthetic?

Down has the best warmth-to-weight ratio of any insulation, and down vests can be more compact, durable, and soft. Plus, they typically look more stylish than their synthetic counterparts. Our testers generally thought down felt cozier and more luxurious.

Synthetics, on the other hand, stay warm even when wet, making them ideal for outdoor adventurers. They’re functional in light weather or under a soaked-through rain jacket. And we liked that after a hot climb with a backpack, back sweat dried more quickly with a synthetic vest than a down vest. Synthetic models also tend to be more durable than down. And, of course, they don’t involve killing birds.

Ultimately, which type of insulation you choose depends on your budget, how you use your vest, where you take it, how long you expect it to last, and whether you choose to wear down or not. We’ve included both down and synthetic vest options in this guide.

How and where we tested

Our 22 testers took 18 vests to nine states and two countries to put them to the test, over several seasons. From visiting waterfalls in Iceland to playing cornhole in Michigan, our testers evaluated these vests across many different climates and scenarios, including:

  • Thru-hiking the Pacific Northwest Trail, a 1,mile-long backpacking trip from the Continental Divide in Glacier National Park to the Pacific Ocean in Olympic National Park, through Montana, Idaho, and Washington.
  • Hiking and sightseeing in Iceland, including a visit to Gullfoss Falls.
  • Backpacking in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in California.
  • Backpacking in the Sespe Wilderness, Los Padres National Forest, north of Ojai, California.
  • Playing cornhole, hanging out, and hiking in and near Warren Dunes State Park in Michigan.
  • Dog walking and commuting in Chicago, Seattle, and Portland, Oregon.
  • Eclipse watching and sightseeing in Corvallis, Oregon.
  • Walking along Lake Sacajawea Park and hanging out in Longview, Washington.
  • Dog walking in Sacramento, California, notably on the American River Parkway.
  • Camping on the Olympic Peninsula, at Kalaloch Beach.
  • Cycling and commuting in San Francisco.
  • Exploring Orcas Island in Washington’s San Juan Islands.
  • Playing cornhole and hanging out in Keystone, Colorado.
  • Hiking and eclipse watching on Mt. Shasta in California.
Two of our testers wearing insulated vests while standing in front of a waterfall.

Cyclist Peter Colijn and Wirecutter outdoors editor Christine Ryan check out Gullfoss Falls, one of the most popular attractions in Iceland. Photo: Brooks Sizemore

One of our testers climbing a boulder while wearing an insulated vest.

Off-trail boulder scrambling near Mist Falls, Kings Canyon National Park. Photo: Liz Thomas

One of our testers looking out over the ocean while wearing an insulated vest.

Beachside hiking with the glaciated North Cascades in the background. Photo: Liz Thomas

One of our testers wearing an insulated vest on a ferry.

Testing the Montbell Thermawrap for windproofing on Washington State Ferries. Photo: Liz Thomas

We used the following criteria to decide which vests were the best:

The right temperature: We expected the vests to keep us warm but not too warm, whether we were moving or not. A good vest should keep your core warm but not make you so hot that you want to take it off when you are exercising. We looked for breathable vests that were quick-drying enough that even after we stopped moving, we weren’t chilled by back sweat (gross). To supplement the subjective opinions of our testers as to which vest was the warmest, we used a thermal-imaging infrared camera to detect the amount of heat they generated while wearing different vests.

Four thermal photos of people wearing our picks for best insulated vest.

Fit and comfort: An insulated vest is designed for layering over a base layer. It should fit close to the body with room for a base layer or, if you go up a size, a sweater or sweatshirt. A comfortable vest won’t restrict your range of motion in the back or shoulders. It shouldn’t pinch your armholes or anywhere else. If a vest isn’t fitted at the waist, it will bunch and ride up, exposing your lower back to cold air; for that reason, we also preferred vests that had a long torso.

From visiting waterfalls in Iceland to playing cornhole in Michigan, our testers evaluated these vests across different climates and scenarios.

Versatility between performance and everyday use: If you can buy only one insulated vest, you’ll want it to excel as a technical performance layer but translate to daily use, too. An insulated vest should work well in the outdoors but not have so many performance features that it feels fussy when you wear it at the bar. A versatile vest can switch between outdoor use and commuting, layering under both ski jackets and suit coats.

Pockets: Good pockets turn a vest into a wearable purse or lumbar pack. We tested whether the vests’ pockets were deep enough to hold an iPhone, a wallet, keys, sunglasses, a point-and-shoot camera, and two Probars. After hearing sob stories from folks who had lost their phones from pockets, we decided that a good vest pocket should be able to hold its contents even when you forget to zip. To verify this, we played countless games of cornhole with our phones and wallets in unzipped pockets. The best pockets are angled, so even if you forget to zip, you won’t find yourself phone-less. Hand-warming pockets are positioned where your hands are, not on your sides or too close to your stomach. We liked vests that had internal pockets, which helped us keep phone batteries warm and store essentials at times we didn’t want bulkiness, such as when we were wearing a climbing harness.

Durability: Each vest went through standardized rough treatment. We shook each one 10 times and then crammed it into its pocket or stuff sack, after which we shook the compacted vest 10 times to mimic jostling in a briefcase or backpack. We took each vest out of the stuff sack, and repeated those steps 10 times. By the end of the experiment, feathers were flying. We also noted any threads that loosened or any synthetic insulation that came through the seams.

Two vests laying side by side on the ground, covered with water.

Weatherproofing: A vest works as part of a layering system but can perform as an outer layer in mild weather. Even though a vest isn’t a windbreaker, when you’re wearing it as an outer layer, you shouldn’t be able to feel a breeze on your back. We also preferred vests that could work in both dry and moist climates. A versatile vest can repel a drizzle and snow flurries, giving you the option to avoid wearing your hot and clammy shells or a rain jacket in anything but the most torrential weather. We tested the vests’ waterproofing using a protocol similar to what we used for our rain pants guide; this was based on advice from Susan Sokolowski, director of the Sport Product Design Program and a professor at the University of Oregon.

Nine of the insulated vests we tested packed up into their storage bags.

Ability to pack away: For those times when you aren’t wearing your vest, you’ll need to carry it. We preferred vests that were lightweight and could compress to a compact size. Some vests zipped into their own pockets. Others came with stuff sacks (which, because they can be lost, aren’t as good). The poorest-rated vests in this regard were a flopping mess that either didn’t zip or didn’t fit into their pockets. The best stowaway systems were easy to figure out and lined with fleece, for conversion into a pillow.

Good zippers: A vest’s zippers should be big enough that they are easy to open and close, even with cold, numb, or mittened hands. Whether the company calls it a chin guard, a zipper guard, or a zipper garage, the design needs to include some fabric over the top of the zipper to prevent your chin and neck from chafing.

Our pick: Outdoor Research Transcendent Down Vest Men’s

A man wearing our pick for best insulated vest, the Outdoor Research Transcendent Down Vest in blue.

The Outdoor Research Transcendent Down Vest Men’s was a favorite among our male testers because of its puffy warmth, easy transition from town to trail, and stylish, true-to-size fit. But it’s the small details that made this vest feel truly luxurious to us, including a tricot-lined collar (the only vest we tried with this cozy detail), the most pocket space of any vest we tried, and the best fold-into-pocket stowaway system.

The superior fit and sizing sold us on the Transcendent: Its relaxed fit worked for more body types than other vests we tried. Instead of being boxy, it had a Marty McFly retro look that our testers loved. (We heard an excessive number of Back to the Future quotes during testing.) It also ran true to size, without extra bulk or bunching in the back or chest. The torso was just under 28 inches, among the longest we tried, so it didn’t ride up, either; it was especially well loved by our tallest testers. We preferred the Transcendent’s looser and longer cut to the slimmer fit of the men’s Patagonia Down Sweater Vest, which bunched on some testers and made it more difficult to retrieve items from the pockets.

We also found that we didn’t often overheat during exercise in the Transcendent, relative to the other down vests we tried. Although it’s insulated with fill-power down—which is not as high-quality as the down in some competitors, like the Patagonia—the Transcendent still felt warm, soft, and lofted. Outdoor Research uses Responsible Down Standard–certified goose down.

A close up of the collar on the Transcendent Down Vest.

The Transcendent’s design showed an attention to detail that made this model one of the most comfortable vests we tried. It was the only vest with a soft, tricot-lined collar and pockets. Testers were excited to find that when they turned their heads, their chins rubbed against soft fabric instead of the rougher material typically used for shells or inner linings.

The tricot-lined hand-warmer pockets on the Transcendent are straight out of Mary Poppins—after zipping in our keys, phone, camera, sunglasses, checkbook wallet, and two Probars, we still had room. No other vest had as much pocket space: In addition to the spacious hand-warmer pockets, it also had a generous Napoleon chest pocket and two even bigger, zip-less internal pockets. Aside from the one on the Napoleon pocket, the zippers and their sliders were big enough to be easy to handle, even when our hands were cold or mittened.

The Outdoor Research Transcendent has one of the best stowaway systems of the vests we tried, too. Even though some other vests also fit into their own pockets, as this model does, their zippers often don’t face the right direction to close. That is not a problem with the Transcendent since the left stowaway pocket has dual zippers. And when this vest is packed away, it’s the size of two Nalgene bottles. It comfortably doubled as our camp pillow on a backpacking trip in Sequoia National Park.

Flaws but not dealbreakers

Our biggest concern about the Transcendent is its durability. After six iterations of our shake test, several down barbs and half a feather popped out of a seam, which tells us that this vest might lose warmth over time. Among the down vests we tried, only the budget Uniqlo, REI Co-op, and Orvis vests lost more plumes and parts of plumes. The Transcendent also seemed to lose comparatively more loft after being compressed, and it didn’t bounce back as fast as the fill-power vests we tested. Still, when it comes to durability issues with Outdoor Research, we aren’t worried: The company’s lifetime Infinite Guarantee warranty will replace any item you are dissatisfied with free of charge. We’re also continuing to wear this vest and will update with our results.

The Transcendent also ranked among the heaviest vests we tried, but we think features such as the zip pockets and tricot lining make it worth the trade-off. And it also has thicker shell fabric than most vests, which made us less nervous about its ripping when a pet Labradoodle “helped” during testing. But we can’t understand why Outdoor Research uses thicker material for its liner rather than its shell. The shell would usually take the brunt of the damage (say, when you’re walking through bushes) and would be a better candidate for thicker material (though the shell fabric still seems plenty strong).

Our pick: Patagonia Down Sweater Vest Women’s

A woman wearing our pick for best insulated vest with her hands in its pockets.

The Patagonia Down Sweater Vest Women’s is a cozy, stylish vest to wear either around town or on outdoor adventures. It’s the warmest and puffiest of any vest we tried. Our testers were impressed with the quality of materials and tightly sewn baffling, which stopped it from shedding. It kept us warm even on blustery days of hiking, car camping, and skiing.

Although the Down Sweater Vest isn’t Patagonia’s most expensive model, it feels as if the company took the same care in its design and construction as for a pricier model. None of the vests we tested had poor stitching, but on the Down Sweater Vest, the stitches were tighter and straighter. This vest also scored among the best in our durability tests, with only the tip of a feather sticking out from a seam. After we compressed the vest, the puffiness bounced back quicker than on most of the other down vests. Patagonia uses a responsible down-sourcing program, certified to the Global Traceable Down standard. This vest’s fill-count down was among the highest fill count of any vest we tested and kept us warm throughout the day. And the recycled-polyester shell performed well in our tests of wind and water resistance.

A close up of the side panels on our down vest pick for women.

Patagonia’s baffles, the tubular-looking “ribs” of the vest that separate and hold the down in place, are thinner and more numerous than those on most of the other down vests we considered. Down-vest manufacturers often cut corners by constructing fewer baffles (this is not as important on synthetics). But because Patagonia has added so many baffles to its Down Sweater Vest, this model manages to minimize cold spots and keeps a uniform warmth. All those baffles help with mobility, too. Our testers liked the aesthetic benefit of the baffles the most: Angled baffles work like a tailor’s trick to slim your profile.

The pockets on this vest are among the best of any vest we tried. They were “placed and angled right where [my] hands fall,” one tester said. (The men’s version of the vest was narrow, which meant that the pockets were tight and placed too high for most of our testers’ arms.) We liked the generous internal Napoleon chest-pocket zips, too. Maneuvering the big (but not too big) YKK zippers in mittened or numb hands was easy.

Flaws but not dealbreakers

Some testers found the sizing and fit of the Down Sweater Vest to be too short. The torso was shorter than most vests we tried, and we noticed it would ride up and expose the small of the back to the cold when we wore a backpack. Tightening the cinches at the waist, which are tucked inside the pockets, didn’t help much. If you’re looking for a longer option, the budget REI Co-op vest offers significantly more coverage. This Patagonia vest also doesn’t fit in its own pocket, like the Outdoor Research vest, but it does pack down small.

Also great: Montbell Thermawrap Vest

Sours: https://www.nytimes.com/wirecutter/reviews/best-insulated-vest/

REI Co-op Men&#;s Down Vest Review

Last year I made a confession that I might be wrong about puffy jackets that lack hoods. It&#;s taken me a long time to get here, but here we are.

To test out my theory and try to learn if I am indeed wrong, in April of REI Denver was having their &#;clear out the winter gear and make room for the summer gear&#; sale and I decided to buy their down vest since it was approximately 30% off.

Here is mine. I am 5&#;9&#; and weigh ~lb right now, and I got a size small:

I&#;ve now worn this vest around Colorado, New Zealand (in April ), New York, Alaska, and Montreal Canada. I have to say: I love this piece of equipment.

Why vests are great

In my career, I have been a digital marketer for the last years. In the technology world it is a running joke that all of the venture capitalists (VCs in tech speak) wear Patagonia fleece vests over their gingham shirts.

I&#;ve joked on them too. But last year here in Colorado I was searching for something that wasn&#;t going to be as heavy as my Ghost Whisperer and that I could use when active in the mountains.

My friend Jesse showed up at dinner one night wearing a vest that I had been eyeing (the Bivy) and so I asked him about it. His words (paraphrased though not by much):

&#;Bro it&#;s awesome. My body stays warm and my arms stay free.&#;

Sold.

Features of the REI Fill Men&#;s Vest

This REI vest is pretty minimal, but has what you need for a day out where you need to keep your core warm:

  • Nylon shell fabric treated with a durable water repellent (DWR) finish sheds light rain and snow, and provides wind resistance
  • Highly compressible; packs into left-hand pocket
  • fill-power down is lightweight and has an impressive warmth-to-weight ratio
  • Full-length front zipper; zip hand pockets

There is no hood, but at just ounces that means you can bring it along or layer it easily under a shell to keep you warm as well. Of course, you&#;re not going to love wearing this while you&#;re sitting at the crag or stationary doing anything in cooler weather, but that&#;s not what vests are meant for!

This vest is made for hiking/trekking in semi-cool temperatures. I wore it hiking around the Routeburn Track in New Zealand back in April where the weather was transitioning from early to mid-late autumn. It was definitely too cold for just a t-shirt, but my Ventrix jacket was too much.

This vest was perfect.

Why get a vest

If you cannot tell, I am a vest convert for the right situations.

A vest is better than another kind of jacket when you:

  • Are being active, such as hiking;
  • Get too warm with a full puffy jacket, but it&#;s not warm enough to go without;
  • Are heading to a meeting to give a company money.

Just kidding on the third one (kind of).

If you&#;re not convinced, then try to find one that&#;s on sale. I got mine for ~$40 at the REI spring sale in March-ish I&#;ll admit that it was an impulse purchase because I had been eyeing it all winter, but I am glad I did it.

Downsides to this vest

Like anything, this vest has some downsides.

First, it doesn&#;t breathe well. If you&#;re really sweating, then this thing is warm and will not let the sweat out.

Second, it&#;s not waterproof. This should go without saying, but it&#;s not something you wear in downpours and expect it to keep you dry. It&#;s down. It should not get wet.

Third, there is only one inside pocket and it doesn&#;t zip. Not a huge deal, but I&#;m not exactly sure what the pocket is best used for. I mean, I&#;m not wearing this as an outside layer and thus I&#;ll put goggles in it. My sunglasses or phone might fall out of it.

And fourth, it does leak out insulation a bit especially if you are doing a lot of sitting and squirm like I do. I have multiple black hoodies (my standard around-the-house warm top) that are covered in tiny white feathers. A lint roller removes them, but it&#;s still a downside.

Would SingleGeared recommend?

All that said, I really like this vest and would definitely recommend it if you are looking for a not-expensive puffy vest to wear while hiking or as a layer. 

Buy at REI.com

Sours: https://www.singlegeared.com/reviews/rei-co-op-mensdown-vest-review
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The REI Co-Op Down Vest embodies what REI has set out to do with a large range of its products: create something useful, with low environmental impact, that does its main function very well.

A down vest should be compressible, lightweight, reasonably warm, and versatile. The REI Down Vest is all of those things, especially versatile. It has a more casual fit than some higher-end down vests, which we prefer for more daily use, as it allows you to layer with a fleece or long-sleeve. But its weight &#; ounces &#; is low enough to make it an extra fluffy friend on any backpacking trip (even an ultralight one).

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The REI Down Vest 2 has large hand pockets, warm puffy squares, and a full neck guard.

This is coupled with fill down, stitched into squares, which helps keep the warmth locked in place and well distributed about your body. The vest has an elastic hem to help trap in warmth, and a full length zipper that goes up to the chin. This helps cut the chill off your neck, and allows you to vent heat if needed.

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Simple zipper for breathability and layering.

The REI Down Vest is made in a few colorways and a ton of sizes.

See the Men’s REI Down Vest 2

See the Women’s REI Down Vest 2

See the Plus Size REI Down Vest 2

Unique Features of the REI Co-Op Down Vest

You may notice the distinctive “” in the REI Co-Op Down Vest. REI has recently launched a number of products &#; part of it is a new year, but a bigger part is REI&#;s push towards sustainable fabric and sourcing.

The new REI Down Vest uses a recycled nylon taffeta exterior and lining fabric, which have been bluesign approved. The vest was made in a Fair Trade Certified factory, and the fill down was certified to the Responsible Down Standard.

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Layer the REI Down Vest 2 with a fleece or long-sleeve for a lightweight versatile system.

REI’s whole product line is moving towards these certifications, so while it may feel common, it’s not. The fact that REI is retooling its products to be more sustainable, while keeping the quality high and the price relatively competitive is a real standout.

The REI Down Vest, in particular, is quite affordable for what you’re getting. On sale, it’s a steal.

Basic REI Vest, Lots of Pockets

There are two large zippered hand pockets on the REI Down Vest, which warm the hands and can hold a phone, the day’s snacks, or a headlamp. There are also two massive interior drop-in pockets. We love this extra storage, and tend to store small lightweight items here, like chapstick, gloves, or a wallet.

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Two massive interior drop-in pockets are excellent for extra storage.

The left-hand zippered pocket was also made for stuffing. The entire Down Vest stuffs into the zippered pocket, making it quickly and easily packable in any environment. There&#;s a zipper closure for the vest once stuffed, so you can tie it off on a carabiner if needed.

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Stuff the vest into the left-hand pocket with ease.

See the Men’s REI Down Vest 2

See the Women’s REI Down Vest 2

See the Plus Size REI Down Vest 2

Who is REI Co-Op?

REI Co-Op doesn’t really need an introduction &#; it’s the in-house brand of the largest U.S. outdoor retailer. The company is known for creating thoughtful, sustainable products that rival (and often beat out) big brand competitors.

The Down Vest is REI’s go-to versatile, affordable down vest.

See it for men, women, and in plus sizes.


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Recovering, I slowly pulled on my clothes, put myself in order as best I could, wiped off the sperm and left the back room. The guys sat at a table and drank vodka. Anton handed me a glass and brought me a drink. - I will not vodka - I refused. Anton walked up to the bar with a smile and poured me a martini.

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Here Stas fucks me with force. He drives his piston up to the balls, cums on my stomach. Following. Following. Then all three, putting me in the center of the circle, take turns fucking me in the mouth, ending in my.

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It seems to me that after that, I will cease to respect myself. - And you go for it, not for your own pleasure, but for my sake, then your conscience will not torment you. For the sake of your beloved husband, can you sacrifice something. - It is possible, but not necessary.



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