Down is an incredible insulator. It does a rock-star job of trapping heat, while being incredibly light. However, if down were a superhero it’s weakness would be water. Once it gets wet it’s useless for the rest of the day, and it’s watery arch rival wins. Mountain Hardwear addressed this by creating Q.Shield down, which is infused with permanent water repellency. The elastic cuffs help to seal out water, and it zips into its own pocket for lightweight storage. It only weighs 6.4 ounces and is made from 10D ripstop nylon.
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What about “Ghost Whisperer” fabric? Is that a thing? Yes, it is. In fact, only one mill in the world has the ability to weave it. It was developed as part of their Ueli Steck project, in an effort to create gear for alpine speed climbers.
The weave is naturally downproof, windproof, and water repellent. The combination of lightweight and durability will excel in any situation you get yourself into.
Price: $320.00 – $400.00