I tore some cartilage in my wrists after falling on the ice during the first day of OR Winter 2013, and needless to say, I was only able to get one video interview.
IMO, this year was not as impressive as the year prior- as EVERYONE was just touting their iteration of "dry down"- with the notable exception of Patagonia…..
In the meantime, I spoke with an old friend, Brandon Carlile, about Arcteryx's new line of down jackets: the Cerium LT and AR.
Having tried on these jackets (and owning several down puffys)- these are worth the hype.
- Composite construction uses Coreloft (synthetic) in areas that are most exposed to moisture (face, shoulders, forearms- and on the AR, the entire hood)
- SUPER light, while still very durable and functional
- Pack into themselves with an "removable" built-in stuff sack
- Articulated arms are legit
Cerium LT jacket ($299)- 240 grams
Cerium LT hoody ($350)- 278 grams
Cerium AR jacket ($265)- 345 grams
Cerium AR Hoody ($285)- 380 grams