My dad’s first backpacking gear came from Sierra Designs, and he passed down this loyalty to me, along with a lifelong love of the outdoors. I’m pleased to be trying out Sierra Designs’ women’s Tuolumne sweater this fall, perfect for end-of-the-season camping and backpacking trips before it transitions into my ski mid-layer.

The Tuolumne sweater is the perfect layer of synthetic insulation, made of lightweight Primaloft® Silver with stretch fleece side panels. I love that it comes hood-less (for me, this is a plus when I’m layering and don’t need two hoods encumbering me) and that it packs into his own pocket for easy storage. It’s easy to toss in the car for a ‘just in case’ need, or into a pack or suitcase.

In addition, you get two zippered hand pockets, an interior kangaroo pocket, and a bungee drawstring with cord lock, so you can adjust the sweater to fit snugly and keep wind and snow out.

It comes in XS-XL in three vibrant colors, and at $139, this is a year-round sweater option that will be well-loved and well-used without breaking the bank. Pick it up online at Sierra Designs, on Amazon for the same price point, or at your nearest brick and mortar outdoor gear store. This down-alternative sweater will be in my travel and outdoor arsenal for a long time to come.