Gear for Sept. 20

DriDown Hoody

THE SITUATION: When you think of cold-weather protection, bulky parkas often come to mind. For adventurers who don’t want to wear a sleeping bag with arms on their hikes, Sierra Designs’ Men’s Stretch DriDown Hoody offers the warmth of a down jacket with the light weight and mobility of a hoody.

THE DETAILS: Made from 800-fill-power, duck-down insulation with a nylon-blend, spandex-woven shell that has a water-repellent coating, the DriDown Hoody is durable and ready for action. The fit is snug over any mid-layer, with diamond-pattern quilt lines that stretch with you instead of restricting your movement. The hood sits flat against your back when not in use to accommodate packs, so there’s no annoying bunching on the neck during hikes. It has two exterior pockets that are zippered and lined, one interior security pocket, and two interior drop-in pockets that can hold small gear items such as wet gloves. It is available in blue, red, green and black, and in sizes small to extra extra large

PRICE: $229.

AVAILABILITY: To purchase or find a list of retailers, go to sierradesigns.com.

Shelby Sheehan-Bernard, McClatchy-Tribune News Service