You’d expect an anorak-style puffy to be as boxy and bulky as a quilt. But the Pinion’s great achievement is its tailored look. Vertical princess seams on the sides create an hourglass shape. Opening the snaps on the split hem creates more room for broader hips. And the abbreviated zipper makes this feel more like a sweatshirt than the technical jacket it is. The 800-fill goose down kept me warm on calm, 40-degree nights in camp, and the Pertex Quantum shell fabric, which is light, soft, and made to hold insulation, blocks light winds. It’s also silky to the touch, which makes this a comfy travel pillow once you stuff the jacket into its own kangaroo pouch.
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Stio’s Eddy Shirt receives heaps of praise, and for good reason. It’s water-resistant, dries quickly, and has UPF 50 plus sun protection. It also has pearl snaps, adding a touch of style. Constructed with Conflux, a blend of nylon, polyester, and durable water repellent, it’s essentially a light jacket that looks like a shirt. I’ve used it a ton while spring skiing as it shields sun and wind while staying low profile. Come summer, it’s the perfect layer for hikes, bike rides, and jaunts into town. I’m sure if I were a boating person I would be wearing it all the time on the water. It’s super comfortable and versatile and it doesn’t look too technical.