My husband has a jacket, the kind he uses as an outer layer, that he wears around the house. I make fun of him. “Good thing you’re wearing a ski jacket”—generic term, though he does wear it for that—“inside.”
Now I am doing the same thing. This is why: The Kor Strata Hoody is stretchy—like, really, surprisingly stretchy. It looks like, and is, a nice outer layer, but it is also a mid or insulating layer, light and trim. You can climb in it on a cold day, especially if you are warming up, and easily pack it along on a multipitch.
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Launched this past autumn, the item contains Primaloft Gold Active 60g/m2 insulation, with a ripstop Mechanical Stretch Dobby (89% Nylon, 11% Elastane) outer layer. It has roomy side zip pockets and an outer upper left zip pocket, though I would prefer that one be an interior zip to keep the outside more streamlined; a phone (your camera, GPS, etc.) is a bit awkward, though a topo would fit in fine.
I tried the women’s model. I am usually a medium, and it fits just fine, although I couldn’t have many or thick layers beneath.
Roomy hood is adjustable to fit over a helmet.
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