When you buy something using the retail links in our stories, we may earn a small commission. Outside does not accept money for editorial gear reviews. Read more about our policy. Our testers love the Thorium for its tough outer nylon shell that will resist rips (unlike the paper-thin outers of most puffies). Bonus points for the DWR finish and water-­resistant synthetic insulation at the spots most likely to get wet (the shoulders, cuffs, and underarms). It’s the complete package. Marmot’s Ama Dablam is an excellent midweight expedition parka. It has a long cut, full hood, and 800-fill down, all in a sub-three-pound package. And thanks to the hexagonal quilting, it has a slimmer, sleeker cut than many other puffies. The Fuego is a good insulation layer for general around-town or on-the-trail use. It’s made with responsibly sourced 800-fill water-resistant goose down and breathable Polartec Alpha underarm panels. To combat cold spots in its Featherless hoodie, Marmot ditched large baffles and instead filled tiny compartments with synthetic Thinsulate Featherless insulation. Former editor Ben Fox loves the Transcendent for its uber-warm protection from the elements. “When you’re ...