To put it simply, outerwear is important and it's that time of the year where you need to start paying more attention to it—especially if you're out on the trail in a cold environment. Modern advances in technical apparel mean that it isn't necessary to have that big, bulky, and generally ugly jacket anymore, if you're looking to upgrade from the 1980's to something a bit more modern, perhaps you should consider the Aether Field Jacket ($550.) While it certainly isn't cheap, it seems that nothing of high quality has a low price tag these days, especially when it's jam-packed full of functionality.
In addition to being seam-sealed for wind and water resistance, the ergonomically fit Field Jacket is constructed with three layers of Aether's heavy oxford fabric to ensure durability and warmth in virtually any condition. It's part ski jacket and part traditional field jacket, allowing you to use it almost anywhere from the remote cold locations such as the Road of Bones to the slopes near St. Moritz. A generous helping of pockets ensures that when needed the Aether Field Jacket can pull its own weight. Two large chest pockets are paired with two handwarmer pockets along with an interior pocket for valuables and a dual-entry rear back pocket for those more cumbersome items.
Speaking of versatility, the progressive and fashionable styling of the Aether Field Jacket also allows it to blend into the urban adventures you'll encounter just as well as the backcountry adventures you'll be sure to have.
For the full rundown on the Aether Field Jacket, including an explanation of the technical materials and specific features of the jacket, visit Aether on the web here. [link]