The Insulator gets the most use. I wear it everywhere. Not only is it stylish and form fitting, its soft nylon texture and synthetic filling make it light, extremely comfortable, and able to compress into the tightest spaces. On its own, it’s surprisingly warm and also features an elastic cord around its base, allowing you to synch it closer to the body, preventing heat to escape. It’s crucial NOT to get this jacket wet while outdoors. It will be of no beneficial use if needing protection from extreme elements. However, it launders up brilliantly in your washer.
I certainly wasn’t prepared to put down 3 bills for a snow jacket and yes, I had to justify it all the way home but I have to admit, after camping in below zero temperatures, it was the best investment I made. I didn’t feel like a walking marshmallow nor did I look like the kid from The Christmas Story. It’s light, comfortable, durable and provided amazing protection from cold and freezing temperatures. This is one essential I NEVER leave home without.
I really have nothing to compare this jacket to so buying it was certainly a gamble. I will say that my biggest gripe was with the “easy to adjust” elastic cords. They are an absolute pain to manipulate—with and without gloves. I wouldn’t say that this flaw is a deal breaker. It’s a common complaint with most of our outdoor equipment. Despite the frustration, this plastic adjuster does prevent the cord from disconnecting from the jacket so you’re never left having to thread the cord back through the long and tedious tunnel. Needless to say, it’s a minor price to pay.