Dynamic Down

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Reality check: winter is here, good for sending but tough for staying warm between (and during) burns. But as much as we love puffies, they’re rarely made with climbing movement in mind. An awesome answer is THE NORTH FACE CRIMPTASTIC HYBRID JACKET ($229, thenorthface.com), part of their new insulated Summit Series®. This down (800-fill quilted baffles) performer has Polartec® Power Stretch® soft-shell panels at the elbows, around the arms, and down the sides, so it elongates ably with each reach. I used mine belaying and climbing on a frosty, north-facing 35-meter pitch in the Flatirons, and it was svelte, thermal love. Two external (and one internal) pockets round out functionality.

—Matt Samet