When it came time to pack for my climbing trip to England in October 2008, I wanted a lightweight, compact, hooded, synthetic jacket to keep we warm and dry. The answer to this need was the Ellsworth Jacket. With it’s Primaloft Insulation, I knew I would stay warm if it got wet, which was pivotal for England. The attached adjustable hood fit perfectly, allowing me to climb without having my vision obstructed. The Driclime Lined Chin Guard added to the comfort of the piece. The Ellsworth is a great choice for its versatility. Alone, it makes a great shell against the wind and mild cold. When layered, the Ellsworth preserves your warmth even when the temperatures hover around freezing. Trust me, I tried. As I am packing for climbing on El Capitan this October and November, the Ellsworth is going to be a workhorse jacket used in all conditions. So, if you’re looking for a jacket to keep you warm and dry while you are active outside, be sure to check out the Ellsworth Jacket.