Adventures in the high alpine often come with a clause riddled with unpredictable weather, which is why the folks over at Black Diamond crafted up the Men's Access Insulated Hooded Jacket. The Access features an adaptive, versatile construction that's also highly packable, allowing you to toss it into your pack when it's not in use or employ its use at a moment's notice.
The Pertex Microlight exterior is equal parts breathable, lightweight, and durable, while the DWR treatment fends off light precipitation and moisture. Additionally, the Schoeller underarm panels are stretchy to assure unobstructed overhead dexterity as you climb, hike, or make your way up the skin track. The Primaloft Gold insulation features a strategic, body-mapped design that's innately migration-resistant, and the insulation itself not only touts a high warmth-to-weight ratio, but assures steadfast heat even when wet. The harness-compatible pockets and zippers enable you to keep small necessities close at hand, and the helmet-compatible hood allows you to double down on your protection should the weather require it.
- A lightweight, adaptive jacket for climbing in unpredictable weather
- Pertex Microlight is breathable, lightweight, and tough
- Stretch woven underarm assure unimpeded mobility
- Synthetic insulation provides warmth even when wet
- Harness-compatible pockets and zippers
- Helmet-compatible hood doubles down on protection
- Q & A
Toasty warm Primaloft Gold Track & Field
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: XL
Well. The cuffs don't stretch out much on the forearms, but they stay up, when washing your hands. There are no waist or hood cinches and the hood dips into your eyes like a jedi hood or something.
Primaloft Gold, is Toasty! There's nothing better, I think. I even prefer Primaloft Silver, to the Thermalite. (now). The Schoeller Nanosphere fabric is great! All together, this jacket feels like a Track & Field piece of equipment. Or maybe like, wrestling warmups (not that I wrestled in high school). And uh.
The jacket is too warm on the bus. But when you get outside, in 59 degree temps. It gives the illusion of not being warm enough. I picture convection currents of air, moving through the fabric layer to break up any retained heat. On the other hand, when you start moving, you warm up, but feel braced, by the cold air. Again, when you don't want the heat, the jacket becomes too hot very easily.
This jacket makes a great liner for the Stance Belay Parka, but, I would have rather seen Primaloft Silver, in that parka also. It's so much toastier warm.
As a winter coat liner, I feel it could be thicker. As an outside-wear piece, I feel it could be thicker. On the other hand, at 55 degrees, you can walk around with it unzipped, if you've recently eaten, and if you're being physically active.
At 58 degrees in the morning, it's pretty much the perfect jacket to go moving around outside, in.
Right now, in doors. I don't feel overheated, but my feet haven't warmed up yet.
I think it's kinda got a nice Track & Field, standard-issue, kind-of - thing -
The hood. It always shocks you how annoying it is, when it first goes over the eyes. Again. Something on the top-back of the head like velcro, to fore-shorten the hood, would have been great. Or one of those fancier, many-sheet, binder-style paper-clips, that pinches; that would work. Something to fold the top of the hood upon it self, and pinch it there.
Fits fine. Just like the Stance Belay Hoody fit fine. The fluffy-cloud snowboard-hoody (Stance Belay Parka) is something a little over-sized.
No hood cinch is ok. But the hood needed to be fore-shortenable to keep it out of the eyes somehow.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: Large
Big fan of this jacket. Lightweight, packable, but still quite warm. Perfect to throw on right when the sun tucks behind the mountains, and the temperature drops.