Heat Retention: 15 Best Puffer Jackets for Men
Hi Consumption, January, 2019
This perfect mid-weight insulating piece features an 800 down-fill 90/10 HyperDry down and weather-resistant ripstop fabric that’s treated to repel moisture, provide unmatched warmth, and reduce bulk. It utilizes the latest technology from Polartec to provide the perfect warmth to weight ratio. Continue Reading ….
Gear of the Week: Bight Gear NeoShell Nuker Pant
Backpacker, January 4, 2019
Our take In nasty alpine weather, the last thing you want to worry about is what’s happening under your layers. That’s why our testers appreciated the Nuker’s Polartec NeoShell material, an air-permeable fabric that seals out precip while still maintaining a high degree of breathability. “It kept me dry inside and out on 10,497-foot Mt. Jefferson in Oregon while I was fighting hail and rain in 40°F weather,” one tester says. Continue Reading ….
Best Synthetic Down Jackets
Gear Patrol, January, 2019
The Swelter Jacket is designed as a super-warm insulating piece that can be used as a mid-layer during outings that involve lots of exposure to the elements or as an outer layer in more mild conditions. The guides’ input contributed to many of the features that make the jacket great (even when you’re not attached to a rope on a glacier). One such feature is a slightly longer length that prevents cold spots between upper and lower layers, as well as the inclusion of stretch panels on the cuffs that let you throw the jacket in quickly without taking gloves off. Continue Reading ….
Bight Gear Celebrates Monumental 100 Million Vertical Feet of Product Development and Testing
SNEWS, December 30, 2018
Ashford, Wash. (December 30, 2018) — Bight Gear, a specialty outdoor apparel brand named after the bend in a climbing rope, proudly announces its products have undergone 100 million vertical feet of human-powered testing since its brand inception. Bight Gear upholds the highest gear development standards thanks to its roster of 60+ RMI Expeditions guides directly contributing their end-user experience into the final designs. Continue Reading ….
Never Camped in the Snow? You’re Missing Out.
The Wall Street Journal, December 11, 2018
Specially constructed to eliminate cold spots, the Bight Gear Caldera parka is packed with HyperDry European goose down to help you retain heat, yet squishes down into its own pocket for space-saving storage. Meanwhile the stretchy cuffs let you put it on without removing your gloves, and the drawcord at the bottom allows you to batten down the hatch when the wind kicks up. Continue Reading ….
How Professional Athletes Help Design Outdoor Gear
Gear Patrol, November 30, 2018
The phrase “designed by athletes” isn’t new. In many ways, it’s worn out, or, at the very least, misleading. Athletes and ambassadors provide support to nearly all gear makers, but how much pull do they actually have? Do they sit down to sketch plans for a new down jacket or simply suggest minute changes to an already-built prototype? Do they actually have a say at all or are individual endorsements mandated in the fine print of binding contracts? The answer isn’t entirely clear. Athlete beta exists on a spectrum that isn’t straightforward or explicit, but there are companies that recognize that the things most hardcore users want can also be what the rest of us need. Continue Reading ….
Bight Gear Announces Project Vertical Winners
SNEWS, November 28, 2018
Ashford, Wash. (November 28, 2018) — Bight Gear, a specialty outdoor apparel brand named after the bend in a climbing rope, today announced the official winners of Project Vertical: Nate Dodge, Amanda Gehrich, Bennett Fisher, and Sarah Lee. The winners will join Bight Gear on an all-expenses-paid, four-day Mount Rainier expedition in July 2019 to field test Bight Gear prototypes.
Bight Gear selected the winners from a pool of nominees who submitted videos via a BACKPACKER magazine contest on why they were best suited to join Bight Gear on Rainier this coming season. Continue Reading ….
Most Breathable Insulation Layer From The Fall/Winter 2018 Gear Guide
Backpacker Magazine, November, 2018
Anytime we can avoid changing layers mid-climb, we’re happy—which is why we took the Fissure on 18,491-foot Pico de Orizaba in Mexico. Its gridded polyester fabric—like a Patagonia R1, but thinner—kept our tester comfortable on an all-day climb that began with an alpine start in the 20s and eventually warmed up to 50°F. The Fissure also has the slimmest cut in the test, good for moving moisture quickly. Continue Reading ….
Holiday Gift Guide 2018: Best Outdoor, Sports, Ski And Winter Gear
Forbes, November 15, 2018
Field Tested: When you are one of the world’s most prominent expedition climbers and mountaineers, you literally put your life in the hands of your gear. And when that gear isn’t good enough, you make better stuff yourself. That’s the case with Bight, an all-new ultra-high-quality outdoor clothing company that launched this year, founded by the legendary Peter Whittaker. Continue Reading ….
Staff Picks: Shoulder Season Layers
Gear Patrol, October 23, 2018
As soon as we crossed the Albany line, temperatures dropped and I was suddenly reaching for sweaters and puffy coats over short sleeves and zip-ups. I tested the Bight Gear Swelter Jacket, made of synthetic Polartec Power Fill (80 percent of the insulation is post-consumer recycled content). The athletic fit worked well with my daypack, as well as with my jeans, meaning I can wear it all over town as well. Temperatures surged north towards the end of our week, and yet, I still found myself reaching for this coat. It somehow was the perfect in-between mix. Continue Reading ….
Gearing Up For The Southern Hemisphere
SKI Magazine, September 26, 2018
After missing a flight connection and being rerouted, I arrived in Santiago without my ski and boot bags. So, for the first two days of my trip, I had only the clothes in my carry-on, which included the Bight Swelter Jacket. And it turns out, if you only have access to one jacket for a few days of a ski trip, the Swelter Jacket is the one you want. Continue Reading ….
Used And Abused: Weekly Gear Reviews
SKI Magazine, August 2018
I love it when one of my favorite outdoor pieces also becomes my go-to for everyday creature comfort. That’s been the case with the Solstice Hoody from new outdoor brand Bight. I’ve put 100-percent spun polyester top through its paces during chilly morning runs and variable-temperature mountain hikes, and it hasn’t disappointed, moving moisture away to keep me cool and providing warmth when my inner furnace powered down. Continue Reading ….
Polartec’s Synthetic Insulation Is Now Fully Recycled
First Look: Bight Gear Neoshell Nuker Jacket
Rock and Ice, May 22, 2018
In the 1990’s the “home sauna suit” was a real quick-and-easy weight-loss fad. The concept was simple: wrap yourself in plastic bags and go for a run. It resulted in “instant weight loss” and for a time Weight Watchers was boycotted in favor of heavy-duty refuge sacks. Continue Reading….
This Is The Best Gear For Climbing Mountains, According To A Pro
Gear Patrol, May 18, 2018
The last town one passes through on the way to Mount Rainier National Park from Seattle is Ashford, Washington. That drive is a scenic one — the landscape gradually shifts from flat to foothills, and as the towns get smaller the trees grow taller. For many climbers attempting to summit Rainier, Ashford is a final base camp. Continue Reading….
Up On The Ice: Climbing Mt. Rainier With An American Mountaineering Legend
Gear Patrol, October 6, 2017
It’s 1:20 a.m. It’s cold and near pitch black. I’m somewhere around 10,200 feet above sea level, traversing the snowfield above the Cowlitz Glacier on the southeast flank of Washington’s Mount Rainier. Behind me, headlamps begin to ignite; their lights flicker in the distance as other climbing teams back at Camp Muir make preparations for the summit. Continue Reading….
Peter Whittaker’s MtnLogic Apparel Claims ‘Pure Function’
Gear Junkie, April 18, 2017
Build the perfect alpine kit. That is what renowned mountaineer Peter Whittaker set out to do with his own new brand, MtnLogic. This June, Whittaker’s new line of MtnLogic technical alpine apparel comes to market. Nearly 20 pieces make up the kit, complete with baselayers, breathable insulators, and weatherproof shells. MtnLogic’s line reflects layering systems worn by most alpine climbers. Continue Reading….
American Mountaineering’s First Family Launched An Outerwear Brand
Gear Patrol, June 23, 2017
For-athlete, by-athlete brands are not uncommon. The idea is a good one — athletes are constantly in the field, so they know what gear should be and what’s just superfluous — but in a saturated market, many get drowned out and overshadowed by big brands with big business acumen. Continue Reading….
Move Over Patagonia & Columbia, MtnLogic Takes Over Mountain Apparel
The Manual, March 5, 2017
Has your outdoor sweater been tested over 1.2 million vertical feet of elevation? Yeah, didn’t think so. Polartec isn’t a brand name you’d recognize like Patagonia, Columbia, L.L.Bean, or The North Face. But it’s the insulation company that’s been enlisted by all of the above to pack their jackets with the best warming/cooling power the outdoor industry has to offer. Continue Reading….