The North Face Verto Micro Hoodie


“Although I was skeptical at first, this piece has revamped my layering system,” said a tester who took it ice climbing for 14 consecutive days in Utah. It was so windproof and breathable, one tester wondered, “How do they do it?” Eight-hundred-fill down on the front and back torso insulated key body parts, and FlashDry Pertex Quantum GL nylon on the sleeves and sides blocked the wind while wicking and drying sweat. The slim profile fit perfectly under a jacket, and testers could reach high and lock off without the sleeves bunching in the elbows or armpits. “The warmth of a puffy with the movement of a baselayer,” another tester said. It compresses to the size of a softball and weighs only 8.5 oz. (men’s M), so there’s no reason not to pack it. $249;