Since the invention of lofted synthetic insulation, mountaineers have debated the merits of down versus synthetic insulation. In the next installment of our New School of Layering education campaign, Eddie Bauer guide and Everest women’s summit record holder Melissa Arnot examines both sides of the technical argument of picking a down or synthetic loft layer.
This week our New School of Layering education campaign continues on our First Ascent line page, in our Eddie Bauer stores and on the Live Your Adventure blog. For those who have only seen the headline, it is our breakdown on the technical evolution of layering options that has provided a wide range of system and individualized options. In our line, we’ve categorized them into Hard Shell, Soft Shell and Integrated Systems with individual technical components including down and synthetic loft layers, waterproof/breathable shell layers and technical fleece midlayers. It is a lot of information, but we’re providing you with the resources to dive in and decide for yourself. —LYA Editor
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