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M 2005 High Loft Synthetic (Belay) Jackets REVIEW SUMMARY and GEAR GUIDE OVERVIEW

by Don Wilson

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High loft synthetic insulating jackets are versatile performers whose primary advantage over down garments is the retention of insulating performance even when wet. Many of us have had moments when we have questioned the wisdom of our passion for the outdoors: lying in our bags during a night of freezing rain, hopping around camp to generate warmth on a sub-freezing morning, or sitting out a surprise summer squall high on a mountain ridge. A well-chosen high loft synthetic jacket can turn these moments of potential misery into fond memories and still help to keep us traveling light.

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