Gear Review: Versatile, Toasty Winter Jacket
Sierra Designs is really hitting it out of the park with their down jackets. We were impressed with the Gnar Lite men's down jacket and its DriDown technology, but what really made an impression was when we realized it had suddenly become our everyday go-to coat.
SD does SheFlogger a solid with the women's Tov, featuring 600 fill DriDown inside a design that manages to hit all the right notes. The Tov has a cut that looks flattering on the curves, but it doesn't go all nuts with overstitching. The down compartments are roomy enough to loft completely, making the Tov toasty warm.
The elasticized hood drops around the collar to maintain the Tov's good looks, but don't mistake this piece as being all flash: the DriDown means performance, and the Tov wants to hit all the ice climbs and powder stashes you can find. The two-way zipper makes it a great belay jacket.
Two zipped hand pockets, an inside zip pocket and an inside dump pocket leave room for the essentials and a bit more. There are thumbholes if you're into that, a full-length zipper flap and dual hem and hood draw cords, and a low-volume helmet fits nicely under that sexy hood. The Tov is one of those items that is hard to review because it's always out in the field, and that should tell you all you need to know about this stellar jacket.
Hits: Water-resistant down really works, warm for a 600 fill jacket, flattering cut, great hood, two-way zipper for belay use
Misses: Would be even better with 800+ fill
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