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First Ascent Scores High Marks in Backpacker’s Apparel Guide
Posted on August 26, 2009

backpackerseptembe1cebb19First Ascent is a favorite of Backpacker magazine field testers, the BC-100 and Downlight Sweater received rave reviews in the September apparel guide. Testers wore the BC-100 on a 250-mile hike in Maryland, spending 18 days on the trail with rain or sleet on most days. One tester claimed the BC-100 was “critical to us finishing our trip.” The First Ascent Downlight Sweater was voted the best all-around puffy, “nailing the essentials: high draftproof collar, grapefruit-size packability, roomy zipped pockets and light rain resistance – without layering on doodads that add weight or bulk.” Backpacker’s Editor in Chief Jon Dorn added, “Hands down the best-fitting puffy I’ve ever worn.

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Author: - Wednesday, August 26th, 2009
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  1. eliump

    I am 5’3.5″ and 130 pounds (female). I ordered a petite medium DOWNLIGHT SWEATER and I am very happy with the fit. The sleeves rest comfortably at my wrists but could be pulled down to my knuckles. The back of the top goes just short of half way down my butt with the front sitting where a low-rise style jean would. The jacket/sweater is clearly cut with the women’s form in mind as I have enough room in the chest and a comfortably flattering waist. With the top on less than a minute I immediately felt its warming properties at work. Weighing the jacket for myself it came in at an almost not there 9 ounces! Out of curiosity I put my Marmot Precip (size s/p) jacket on over the sweater to see if this could be a complete, weatherproof system without causing the down to lose is heat-trapping loft. It worked great! I have not field tested this seemingly wonderful new piece of gear but by all accounts I am extremely pleased with my purchase.


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