La Sportiva Cham Down


“Forget every other down puffy you’ve ever worn—this will beat them all,” one tester declared. The 750-fill down kept us warm in single-digit temps throughout the West. “Belay puffy, around town, skiing… I wore this every day this winter,” another tester said. The superior warmth and airy feel of this 23-oz. jacket (men’s M) was the foundation of our testers’ obsessions, but it was the climber-centric features that sealed the deal. Microfleece strategically lined the knuckle-side of the hand-warmer pockets, while slick nylon on the palm-side protected gnarled tips from snags. The same fleece lines the chin guard and around the face for warmth and comfort, and an elastic “forehead band” kept the hood from flying off on gusty days. A long torso and water-resistant Repeloff coating round out the climber-friendly features. Nitpick: Two-way zippers would have made this exceptional jacket even better. $299;