Outdoor Research Ergo jacket

ErgoAt some point in the recent past women’s outdoor gear makers successfully merged stylish with functional. Exhibit A in this trend is the women’s Ergo down jacket from Outdoor Research, complete with funky-cool flower on the shoulder.

Filled with superlofty 700 down the Ergo shines as a layering piece, and at only 13oz and a teeny-tiny stuffed size it works well as a just-in-case piece for nippy weather.

The light weight and lack of a hood make this an above-freezing piece of gear, but one that is equally at home in the backcountry or about town, with its quilted good looks.

A nice touch is the extra large pockets inside, formed by the stitching of the exterior handwarmer pockets. OR didn’t skimp on the finishing either, with tricot-lined pockets, elastic cuffs and a full-length zipper flap and chin protector. If she’s just plain mad, get flowers. If she’s nonlinear, haul out the Ergo. Stuff sack included.

$168.95 at Backcountry.com


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