Black DiamondFirst Light Insulated Hooded Jacket - Men's

Quintessential layering.

The Black Diamond Men's First Light Insulated Hooded Jacket provides lightweight, active warmth. The stretch Schoeller face fabric adds durability and breathability while keeping the weight low, while NanoSphere technology repels water, dirt, and oil for long-lasting use. The First Light Jacket is insulated with PrimaLoft Silver Insulation Active for consistent warmth, even through the start and stop cycle of alpine climbing and backcountry skiing. When the snow begins to fall, pull the adjustable hood over your helmet for extra weather protection. The weather-ready construction of this jacket ensures that it retains its warmth, even when wet. A minimalist elastic cuff and low profile, single-adjust hem keeps weight down while sealing out cold. The First Light Jacket packs easily into the internal chest pocket with a carabiner clip loop for quick storage on or off the mountain.

  • Light and breathable insulation for climbing and backountry touring
  • Schoeller fabric stretches and breathes for active protection
  • NanoSphere technology repels water, dirt, and oil
  • PrimaLoft Silver Active insulation for consistent warmth
  • Climbing-helmet compatible hood for extra weather protection
  • Packs into chest pocket with carabiner clip loop for quick storage
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Versatility

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Awesome jacket for day to day use or dawn patrols in the backcountry!

Durable, Functional & Clean Styling

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: Large

This is a go to piece when I want a puffy jacket I can thrash, but will also look good rolling around town. I like this jacket for rock climbing, skiing, hanging around town and at the campfire.



The breath-ability of this jacket seems to be on par with the other highly breathable synthetic insulation options that have come out over the last few years. The First Light doesn't pack as small as some of the other insulation options out there, so it’s not my go to for very weight/space conscious outings. But, the Schoeller face fabric is burly so it works well if you wear it over your shell while skiing. This is especially nice when touring in the morning. It provides plenty of warmth given the weight of the jacket and cuts wind well.



I'm a pretty consistent Patagonia, Arc'teryx Medium and there is no way I would have fit into a Medium here. Large was an easy choice.

Durable, Functional & Clean Styling

Bit of Everything

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Large

Loving this jacket for its versatility. There are some awesome options out there for breathable insulation jackets to keep you from boiling when you start to hike around. However, some of them are SO breathable that they can't function as a stand alone coat and keep you warm in winds. Those jackets are still incredible for many applications, but I love this jacket because it is pretty darn breathable compared to old school taffeta lined jackets, but still blocks enough wind and snow to keep you warm and comfortable as an outer layer. Really cool that the outer fabric on this can actually shed a good bit of water.

My only gripe is that I would like it to have a bit more stretch than it does. It's always a compromise between stretch a durability, so I suppose over time I'll probably appreciate the durability.

Other gripe I suppose would be fit. It has a very athletic fit in the body, and long arms. At 6' 195lbs I went Large, which fits perfect for athletic endeavors and has perfect sleeve length, but is too snug in the torso to layer much under it. I already own other jackets I use for super cold days and around town, if I was buying this jacket to do everything all winter I would go XL for the room to layer.

Stands up to bitter cold

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Large

I bought this in advance of a trip to the Buffalo NY area, knowing that temps were going to be single digit with wind chills below zero. I wore this jacket with a combination of layers underneath. Two breathable layers, one short and another long sleeve and I was very comfortable. The jacket did a good job stopping the wind as well. I didn't get a chance to do anything super-active outside of shoveling snow, but if the jacket protected me at low activity levels, I'm confident it is a winner on a trail run in these same temps. The rep on the website helped me find the right item for my planned trip and this was the result. Very happy. One note, I bought a large which should be right for my size and weight. It was fine with thin layers, but for around the town wear with flannel shirt and / or sweater etc underneath, it was tight. I might return it for XL, but that is just me.

All Around Awesomeness

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Large

Love this jacket. Super lightweight and insulating. Found it to breath relatively well on my last hike too. It's definitely a bit more form fitting as it's designed as an insulation layer, not as an overcoat. I found even a flannel bunched up underneath this. But, pair it with your baselayer, it's a killer jacket. Packs down nice and small, high quality and a great fit from BD. Quickly becoming one of my go to options for nearly any adventure.

Great Jacket

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: xl

I love this jacket, its super comfortable and warm. Has many purposes, I mostly use it as a casual day to day jacket. Would highly recommend it to anyone who wants a warm light weight jacket for all sorts of activities! I got an XL and it fits me well and I have plenty off room, I would of been fine in a Large but i prefer extra room.

My go to jacket

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Such a comfortable jacket. I fit somewhere between a medium and a large, and a large is the perfect fit (for me). I wish all large's fit like this large.

A Do-It-All Jacket!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: L

This jacket has been great as the temperatures have been dropping! Keeping me really warm with just a T Shirt underneath, material feels really quality and durable! Super lightweight and does pack down into its chest pocket, but like another review said, it's kinda a pain to get it in there and feels like the mesh could rip if not careful enough..

Other than that, a great jacket, will be using these on ski tours as well as on campus and even nights out on the town. Will look good doing anything!

great jacket

    love this jacket keeps me worm and dry when i need it to.

    3 Season Essential

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size

    While I was lucky enough to buy this jacket with a pro deal, after using it at least five days a week for the past few months I would pay any price for one. On days anywhere from 50 degrees down to fifteen, this jacket is super comfy and keeps you just the right temperature. On warmer days, it handles light wind and drizzle with ease, and even in blizzard conditions it keeps you nice and toasty when paired with as little as a liquid point shell and a long sleeve shirt as a base. All of this it does while being thinner and lighter than a thick sweatshirt. Although you can pack this jacket into its stretchy chest pocket and get it down to a little smaller than a football, its kind of a pain to do so, and I always worry I'm going to break the zipper. Also, it would be nice to have an additional chest pocket that is not made of stretchy mesh to store things in a little more securely; I don't need to feel every edge of those few dollar bills I shoved in there.

    All in all an amazing jacket that I would recommend to anyone who ever goes anywhere where it gets even a little chilly.

    A jacket for almost all cold conditions

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Small

    Love this jacket for plenty of reasons, but mostly because the cut is just right; I can wear it by itself in mildly cold conditions, over a few more insulating layers on the colder mornings, and under a larger parka for bone-chilling alpine conditions, no extra bulk or dead space.
    Bonus is that it's really lightweight, especially for its capabilities, I barely have to think twice before adding it to my pack.

    Hey Bob - I´m about to buy one of these, but I just dont know the sizing... can you send me your chest measure?

    One Jacket to Rule Them All

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Large

    I don't normally write reviews, but this jacket is simply amazing. I have a closet full of jackets for all the subtleties in weather conditions and this one immediately became my go-to for a wide range of conditions. Here's why:

    -- Super-warm but not bulky: I can wear this jacket on top of a t-shirt and am comfy in 30 degree temps if I'm moving at all (i.e. walking the dog). It feels as warm as a puffy but is form-fitting and doesn't feel bulky or restrictive. It has a nice "layered" feel.

    -- Sheds light precip: I can't speak to how it performs in a full on rain storm, but it easily sheds light precipitation and does a good job blocking wind.

    -- Trim fit: Finally a jacket that isn't cut for the "Average American". Climbers tend to be lean and this jacket fits trim and seems to have extra long arms. You can climb in this jacket without feeling like a marshmallow.

    -- Looks good: Get this jacket in black and you can wear it to fancy dinners or business meetings and look good doing it.

    Well done, Black Diamond.

    Great Lightweight Puffy

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Large

    I've been really happy with this jacket. Great material that has good stretch. Some Schoeller stuff can be kind of meh, but this fabric is very similar to Alpine Start, which is one of the best I've run into from a stretch/durability/breathability standpoint. This is mainstay in my pack for touring. Nice to have some extra warmth when needed that doesn't turn into a furnace the second you start moving.

    The whole "breathable down" thing is cool, but it definitely gets hot if you've been moving for a while and it's not super cold. So yeah, it does breath but you aren't skinning 2K vert from bottom to top in it without sweating. However, I can stay in it much longer than any other puffy I've worn which is great when its really cold starting from the car.

    Definitely a tailored fit, like most of my other BD stuff, which is great here as it fits under a shell nicely and isn't too bulky.