Save the sun for the summit.
The Black Diamond Women's First Light Hooded Insulated Jacket takes the edge off dawn patrols and alpine starts when you're skiing and climbing. It won't get your ass out of the sleeping bag when your alarm goes off—that's still on you—but it will help you feel like you never got out of bed when you're on the approach. Its stretchy Schoeller shell is surprisingly soft for how durable it is, and it's breathable for highly active endeavors, as is Primaloft's Silver Active insulation that adds the touch of warmth required for moving in frigid temperatures. Black Diamond treated the shell with Nanosphere to repel snowflakes, raindrops, dirt, and oily substances. If you get too warm, the jacket stows inside its own pocket and clips to harnesses and backpack straps for convenient, compact storage.
- Insulated full-zip for dawn patrols on the tour or climb
- Primaloft Silver Active stays warm and breathable
- Breathable, durable, and stretchy Schoeller shell
- Nanosphere Technology repels water, dirt, and oil
- Adjustable hood fits over most climbing helmets
- Jacket stows inside the internal chest pocket
- Q & A
Warm but not super flattering
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: M
This jacket performs and will keep you warm. The fit was is a bit chunky and I found the sleeves to be super long on me. But I'd rather have slightly longer sleeves than shorter sleeves. I've worn this jacket on warmer ski days or just out walking my dog.
Great for stop and go work outs
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: Small
I have had the chance to try this jacket on and have some feedback to give. It's a great layer for winter aerobic activity - touring, snowshoeing, etc. Super warm and durable. I like the nanosphere technology because I tend to end my day covered in dirt and crashing through a few trees and it gives the jacket a great durability. It can be worn as your insulating layer or outer layer depending on the conditions for the day.
Pocket Situation: 2 for your hands and one internal pocket the jacket can be stuffed into.
Care Instructions: Machine Washable with a low grade detergent. Hang to dry.
Sizing Tip: BD women's products run slim. If you're looking for outdoor gear that still keeps your figure, I'd definitely recommend their apparel.