The weather is starting to turn here in Oregon, and since most of us want to extend the outdoor season so we can safely recreate, exercise, and travel, we need to apparel to make that happen!

Enter the Sierra Designs Sierra Jacket, featuring 800 fill dri-down with a 30D shadow rip polyester shell and nylon lining. I love that Sierra Designs has ensured we have all the bells and whistles in this jacket, without sacrificing the value and affordability they’re known for in their pricing. You get a bungee drawstring adjustable cinch with cord lock, elastic cuffs, an insulated yoke, a high collar, and three types of pockets: a zippered chest pocket, two hand-warmer pockets, and an interior kangaroo pocket.

The jacket stows away in its own pocket, making it easy to bring on the road, in your carry-on, or stuff into a backpack mid-way through a strenuous hike. I like knowing I can bring that ‘just in case’ layer without sacrificing too much space in my day pack. My son, who is my tester for this jacket, says it’s flexible and roomy enough to serve as a good mid-layer during the ski and snowboard season, too.

Weightier and thicker than a Patagonia Nano Puff, the Sierra can be a stand-alone layer or a complimenting piece. Pick up the Sierra Jacket on the Sierra Designs website for $189 in three different colors, and look for the women’s Sierra at the same price point.