The Do-It-All Mountain Down Jacket
Arc’teryx Firebee Parka
This is not a jacket for shoveling your driveway. This is a jacket for swinging ice axes into 200-foot frozen waterfalls, for pushing through blinding blizzards to cloud-breaking peaks, for skiing avalanche-prone backcountry powder. It is, quite simply, Arc’teryx’s most advanced down jacket ever. Insulated with 8 ounces of 850-fill goose down, its complex internal structure contains pleats and seams that maintain the down’s loftiness and keep the jacket close to your body; the Gore Thermium outer shell (Gore’s strongest shell fabric) is windproof and water resistant, and allows just the right amount of heat and moisture to escape for breathability; draw-string closures on the cuffs, waist and helmet-compatible hood seal out incoming snow and rain. With all that protection against the elements, it’s the closest thing yet to a portable, one-man base camp.