Backpacker - Editor's Choice Tov Jacket
October 10, 2012Download PDF Version
The Tov delivers similar weatherproofing as the Ultralite (SD uses DriDown, its own version of water-repellent down), but the 600-fill jacket has a more winter-friendly fit and features set. The long, butt-protecting cut worked well on chilly belays, the adjustable hood fits well over a ski helmet, thumbholes in the elastic cuffs prevent wrist gaps, and oversized zipper pulls are easy to grab with gloves on. "I got nailed with relentless thunderstorms on day one of a four-day trip in the Rocky Mountain national park," says one tester. "This jacket was wet or damp the entire trip, in and out of my pack constantly, but it never lost its loft."