Tried & True — The Rab Xenon (Note: Updated for 2016-17) is a little less warm than the rest on this list, but it is so beloved after six years of testing by our editor around the world that we had to include it. This thin “puffy” jacket employs synthetic Primaloft One insulation to offer significant warmth in a minuscule package — it stuffs into its own chest pocket and weighs 11 ounces but has enough loft to trap body heat and keep you warm to about 20 degrees F (colder if active). Bonus: The thin but tough Pertex face fabric has never ripped, even during days of great abuse and bushwhacking for miles outdoors. Double Bonus: Because the jacket uses synthetic Primaloft insulation instead of down, it can keep you warm even when wet. $225, http://us.rab.uk.com. GearJunkie product review: www.gearjunkie.com/best-gear-2010 (2nd item on list).
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