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Around town insulation piece
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John S.
(jshann) - F
Around town insulation piece on 03/24/2011 09:47:39 MDT Print View

Do you use the same insulation around town as you carry in the backcountry? I don't and used to own an EMS primaloft jacket that I liked. It was stolen, as well as $700 of other travel items, last week near the Santa Barbara Campground south of Taos, NM. My three buddies had more stuff than I did I think.

So, what do you like for around town insulation? Thanks.

Aaron Reichow

Locale: Northern Minnesota
Re: Around town insulation piece on 03/24/2011 10:04:42 MDT Print View

Being a dork and a cheapskate, I generally do. I wear my Patagonia Nano Puff Pullover and FA Downlight around town and on trail. For temps between 30-50 F, I'll just wear an Arc'teryx Gamma AR jacket ($80 on geartrade- ha!) that is too heavy for backpacking but does get a lot of use around town and on the 3-5 day hikes I'll take a week.

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: Around town insulation piece on 03/24/2011 10:08:40 MDT Print View

My travel, hiking and around town apparel are pretty much one and the same. If wicking, quick-drying and no ironing fabrics are comfy and convenient to wear while on the trail, then why not also on the road and around town?

I dislike clothing with the exaggerated outdoorsy look -- 17 pockets and such -- so I choose simple styling in basic, easy-to-match colors. The same clothing -- including the insulation piece -- can be worn to all but the most formal of occasions.

I also dislike labels -- but unfortunately -- this one has gotten harder to avoid. Sigh.

But to answer your question specifically, I have both the Montbell UL Down Inner and the Thermawrap jackets in charcoal color. The logo is there, unfortunately, but hey, the jackets are comfy as heck and so I try to overlook the logo shortcoming. Finally, on cool but not too windy days, I may wear my Cabela's fleece jacket.

Edited by ben2world on 03/24/2011 10:10:11 MDT.

Mark Cashmere
(tinkrtoy) - M

Locale: NEOH
Yes on 03/24/2011 10:13:43 MDT Print View

I picked up a Golite Pinyon Ridge Parka this winter to fill in my insulation layer need and I have to say that I have worn it almost everyday since - on the trail and around town. I used to mostly wear a TNF Windwall fleece for both purposes too, but no real insulation in that one.

Mark Hudson
(vesteroid) - MLife

Locale: Eastern Sierras
weird on 03/24/2011 10:46:34 MDT Print View

you know I find the most often used jacket I have for around town is my driclime. The odd thing is I no longer carry it for hiking. I have found that in reality you dont spend all that much time outdoors if you are simply running errands or just going from the car to the house, so I am fine with a light jacket. I also think it keeps up my tolerance for cold come shoulder seasons.

If its raining I switch to an old NF Mountain lite parka.

I save the fancy down things for the trail.

Aaron Reichow

Locale: Northern Minnesota
Re: weird on 03/24/2011 12:44:58 MDT Print View

+1 Mark

When running errands and the like you really don't spend much time outside- and if you did, you're usually going to need more than just a warm coat. Folks who stand outside and wait for the bus or train may have another story- I wear long underwear between October and April for that reason. One bonus is that you don't need as heavy a coat, either. If that doesn't cut it, jumping up and down some. :)

Something that cuts the wind is a must for a casual coat, though- fleece without at least a nylon shell (ala the DriClime) doesn't cut it for casual outerwear.

Eugene Smith
(Eugeneius) - MLife

Locale: Nuevo Mexico
"Around town insulation piece" on 03/24/2011 14:10:08 MDT Print View

Mink fur coat, 'coon skin hat, and buffalo hide mocassins, that usually rounds out my around town errand running insulation- I find this compliments my southern New Mexico climate quite well, especially in July. My backpacking garments are pretty typical and far less exotic.

John S.
(jshann) - F
Re: "Around town insulation piece" on 03/24/2011 14:33:40 MDT Print View

Eugene, that is what I was thinking I'd get!

Konrad .
(Konrad1013) - MLife
Re: "Around town insulation piece" on 03/24/2011 17:20:46 MDT Print View

Ah Eugene, I too am a big fan of the Hustler Davy Crockett Pimp look. I complete the ensemble with 1 carbon fiber cane.

But yeah, I used the same insulation both on and off the trail. Conditions in Boston often requires me to do so. My favorite go-to pieces are my TNF Thunder down sweater and First Ascent Igniter jacket (primaloft). Very functional on the trail, and doesn't look out of place in town.

Carl Holt
(Sundown) - F
Re: Around town insulation piece on 03/24/2011 20:06:22 MDT Print View

That stinks about your stuff getting stolen.

I have a NF Redpoint jacket with a hood - I wore it exclusively as my winter layer since moving to Texas both on trail and around town.

A great layering piece and it doesn't look out of place. I think I paid $80 used on eBay for it several years ago.

I just picked up a GoLite Caddy jacket as an ultralight layer piece. No hood, very minimalist and trim fitting. In fact I used it every day since getting it on sale for $60 at the recent GoLite sale.

Both are great pieces and don't look to "Expedition-ey" around town.

Ryan Krause

Locale: Pacific Northwest
LL Bean, Lands End on 03/24/2011 20:47:10 MDT Print View

LL Bean and Lands End make good durable insulation jackets that work well for around town. When they close out winter stock for the year you can get down or synthetic fill jackets from either for quite cheap.

eric chan
(bearbreeder) - F
dead bird on 03/25/2011 02:14:14 MDT Print View

nothing is as yuppie ... nothing generates as much ohhh and ahhhhs ....

get it on sale ...

Steofan The Apostate
(simaulius) - F

Locale: Bohemian Alps
Around town insulation piece on 03/25/2011 07:41:24 MDT Print View

Melenzana micro grid hoodie.
Too comfy & warm to care what anyone would think about an old guy wearing a hoodie around town.

Sky Horne

Locale: Vagabonding..
gun-metal on 03/25/2011 07:53:44 MDT Print View

I used to rock a Montbell Action Jacket in 'Gunmetal' around town. It has long disappeared into my ex-girlfriend's closet somewhere. It was pretty awesome, but that synthetic was too heavy for the Backcountry.

These days I rock a Mountain Hardwear Off-width with a torn up wind or rain shell. Lots of convenient pockets :D

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Around town insulation piece on 03/25/2011 07:56:06 MDT Print View

Heheh-- I love seeing someone wearing an 800 fill down belay jacket in town on a 60F day. Get on a bus in Seattle and you will see all the major brands of outdoor apparel. I save my hiking rain gear for trail use just to avoid wear and tear on the DWR, but the rest is up for grabs as daily wear. I do tend to use fleece off-trail stuff. The weather is more wet and cool than cold and fleece is cheap and easy to find, easy to launder, breather well, works great with a shell.

jim draucker
(mtnjim) - MLife

Locale: Shenandoah Valley VA
Around Town on 03/25/2011 08:27:58 MDT Print View

Hello All

My Patagonia down sweater has become a new favorite for bumming around.
Montbell for hiking.


Steven McAllister
(brooklynkayak) - MLife

Locale: Atlantic North East
Around Town on 03/25/2011 08:52:56 MDT Print View

You can't beat a trash bag stuffed with newspapers.

It may not be as light as a down jacket, but it is much more stylish:-)

spelt with a t
(spelt) - F

Locale: SW/C PA
LW came after on 03/25/2011 11:04:01 MDT Print View

I have a Columbia fleece from years ago that's still kickin'. I got something lighter weight to hike in but the fleece has stayed in everyday rotation.