First Ascent Downlight Vest

by dpm | 11/04/2010
 

First Ascent Downlight Vest

 

It used to be that Eddie Bauer was one of the few companies producing premium outerwear and equipment for the outdoors. Now, alongside the flagship companies on the market such as Patagonia and Marmot, numerous brands have sprouted up, marketing fresh, new memorabilia tailored to specific sports. But rather than be lost in the fray, Eddie Bauer has decided to rejuvenate its stereotypical old-people feel with its newest venture, First Ascent. If you follow the outdoor industry, you’ve probably heard the name. First Ascent is a new clothing line masterminded by legendary guides Dave Hahn, Ed Veisturs and the Whittaker family among others, and specializes in creating high-end, form fitting and functional outerwear and equipment for the outdoors. Their line is being expanded seemingly everyday.
 
As a part of their first batch of pieces, the FA Downlight Vest, is an essential piece for shoulder-season days at the crag. Vests, especially those of the down variation have a ton of key advantages; weight and warmth being the main two. Even compared to vests on a lower or similar price range made by more entrenched companies, the First Ascent Downlight is incredibly light and warm, weighing in at 1.06 oz’s and maintaining an 800-fill profile. The vest also quickly packs into it’s own pocket making it easy to pack and easy to use as a small camp pillow. When the temps drop and you’re out there squeezing the last few sessions out of the season, nothing fights the cold like a high quality down vest while leaving your arms free of bulky sleeves