Yet another question that reinforces the fact that I may not know how to dress myself:
So, I'm beginning to turn my attention to a high loft, synthetic jacket for winter hiking in the Adirondacks. I've never done this type of hiking before, so I'm not sure how heavy duty I need to go when it comes to this piece of gear. I know it depends a lot on what I layer underneath and how I intend to integrate the jacket into my sleep system, but, in general, do you guys think that the DAS would be overkill?
I know the DAS is big and cumbersome to pack, so if it's too much coat for my purposes I'd like to carry something smaller I think.
Also, if I can get the same insulation out of the Micro Puff combined with, say, a down vest would that be a better, more flexible option?
So far for clothes I have
1. Smartwool and synthetic base layers
2. Montane Featherlite smock
4. WP/B shell
I only have a bag rated to 35*, so I'll need to get another winter bag I think. I'll take care of that once I know where I stand with clothes I think.
Any opinions or ideas? Maybe I should look at other jackets too?