Friday, October 7, 2011

The Death of Fleece

That's my opinion anyway. I still see a need for a soft shell when abrasion or light precipitation is a factor. As for normal fleece nowadays though, simply not applicable anymore. The synthetics are just too good, too small, too light, and way warmer.


My go to mid layer now is the Dead Bird Atom LT. By itself it's good down to low 40s, combine it with a shell and a merino long sleeve and you're easily comfortable to around freezing.

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All of these jackets like the Atom pack up super small so I find myself taking them everywhere and especially on planes where space is a premium. I'm in the habit of shoving a nice beanie and pair of gloves in the pockets of the jacket so I'm a self-contained survival system. If you travel and work outdoors you know what a mess it can be when you get to a cold spot to work and the airline lost your luggage.

Parting with the cash for one of these is always a little scary because when you hold the jacket in the store it seems so delicate and almost not there. Trust me when I tell you that it is, it'll be the best investment in staying warm you can make, AND it'll work when completely wet.

4 comments:

Mark said...

Kyle, you need to check out Jason Hairston's latest venture, www.kuiu.com. This stuff is incredible.

Richard Sackville said...

Hi Kyle, not a windup but is this flamable?

Regards

Richard

Josh said...

I've been rocking the Atom since 2009, the same one. I've deployed with it, worn it to classes in horrible weather, and gone camping with it. I can't wait for it to be cool enough to wear it again this year. Definitely my go to jacket.

JLM said...

Kyle, how durable are these things? I have a bud trying to sell me on getting something from ORGEAR instead. I'm talking about rolling around in the gravel shooting urban prone in classes and things of that nature.