Most people who spend time in the high latitudes own some sort of insulated jacket or vest. And most of these ubiquitous puffy garments are filled with goose down, the undisputed king of insulation. But while it’s true that down has the best warmth to weight ratio of any batting, fall through the ice and you’ll be cold in a hurry. Ironic but true, the feathers of waterfowl lose all their insulation properties once they get wet. Meanwhile, on the other end of the spectrum is wool, which will keep you warm even if it’s soaked through. So it’s about time that someone decided to put wool inside an insulated jacket. That someone is the German backcountry gear company, Ortovox, as exemplified by their $179