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Eddie Bauer First Ascent Downlight Sweater Review
This jacket really rocks - an excellent balance of light weight, basic features, warmth, wind and water resistance, and cost.
By Will Rietveld
Eddie Bauer was not on my radar screen to find lightweight performance outdoor clothing. That changed with the introduction of their First Ascent line, in concert with a successful Everest expedition in May 2009. Their experienced climbing team provided a lot of input into the garments' design, which is evident in the Downlight Sweater. This jacket has an excellent balance of light weight and essential features, it's very warm, and it's a great value.
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Will Rietveld Ph.D, Senior Editor for Gear and Apparel, joined the BPL staff in April 2004. In his former career, Will was a research scientist, project manager, and R&D program administrator. Now retired, he lives in southern Colorado where he takes up a new career of backpacking year-round in the mountains and canyon country of the Southwest. During the summer months Will and his wife Janet are volunteer wilderness rangers in the Weminuche Wilderness. He has been a lightweight backpacker for 52 years and an ultralight backpacker for 13 years.
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