This is the first synthetic insulated jacket I’ve ever owned, preferring to rely on lighter weigh down for shoulder season warmth in the past. The only problem with feathers, especially in rain-prone spring and fall months, is that when raindrops keep falling on your head, they eventually soak it up, turn to mush and can make you smell like a duck pond, while utterly failing at their intended purpose: to keep you warm. For Memorial Weekend car camping, potentially soggy day hikes or spring ski tours that may involve getting caught in mountain-top squalls, the Big Agnes Farnsworth Jacket won’t let you down. It weighs in at just under a pound, has a roomy, comfortable hood with a drawcord closure, thumbholes for easier layering, hand-warmer pockets and larger interior mesh pockets for stashing gear. The Farnsworth is insulated with Pinneco Core, which is designed to be more breathable, thermally efficient and sustainably engineered than other insulation options. The wind-proof, water resistant polyester shell is made of 100% recycled material too. The fit is relaxed and stylish, making it the perfect spring choice for any outback or urban adventures. MSRP: $199. Bigagnes.com. //