Whether you are headed out on a ski-touring trip or a quick walk around town, winter is here and you will encounter the elements. The rain, sleet and snow will come in to play and you will need a good coat that can stand up to it all.
This is where the Outdoor Research Floodlight Jacket comes in handy, a fully waterproof and down insulated puffy. The outer shell of the Floodlight is made from Pertex Shield+ which is a durable water repellent (DWR) fabric that keeps you dry and warm, while the 800 fill goose down is kept inside dry by this exterior.
The down is then welded together on the baffles, which creates a waterproof barrier that prevents water from entering and seeping through. This is a great design, I have not seen a down jacket with this feature.
Another thing I like about the Floodlight Jacket is that it doesn't have a lot of bulk. It's a trim fit so it doesn't look boxy and it has two adjustable hem cords to keep you in place.
It also has a hood that is insulated and has an adjustable wire brim to keep out the wind and sun. This hood is helmet compatible and adjusts to fit any size helmet.
It also has 2 interior'shove-it' pockets that are perfect for storing climbing skins, goggles, and other cold weather items. The hand-warmer pockets are also a great addition to keep you toasty.