Now I’m not an expert on clothing and gear, just a hiker who’s very interested in having quality stuff that will help me better enjoy my time in the outdoors. I look for quality gear that’s tough and lightweight.
Pros of the Brooks-Range Cirro Jacket
1. It’s made of high-quality materials:
* Primaloft One® insulation has a high warmth factor for its weight
* Pertex™ nylon shell that keeps out most water yet is still breathable
2. It’s very lightweight (about 14 ounces for my large size)
3. It compacts down to a very small size, and often space inside my pack is at a premium
4. Stephanie thinks I look quite stylish in it. (And she’s let me know that I frequently wear clothes that don’t look stylish.)
5. It stuffs compactly into the zippered chest pocket, so it takes up very little room.
6. Most importantly, It’ll give you another 10-15 degrees (Fahrenheit) of warmth.
I first wore it when Stephanie and I reached Lower Calf Creek Falls in Utah on a cool and windy day. The falls area itself was shady and much cooler, and we’d stopped to eat lunch and take pictures like the one below. I was definitely chilly when I put on the Cirro jacket, but I quickly warmed up. The jacket stopped the stiff breeze completely, and the insulation kept my body heat in.
Cons of the Brooks-Range Cirro Jacket
1. It’s a bit on the spency side with a price of $169, so it may not be in everybody’s price range.
The Cirro jacket is a high-quality addition to my daypack or backpack. It gives me that extra cushion of warmth and rain protection. Sometimes I’ll hike to a ridge or peak only to find high winds or clouds that suddenly cool me off. The lightweight and low-bulk Cirro gives me much-needed warmth. (Note: there’s also the Cirro Hoody that — surprise — is just like the jacket, but has a hood. It’s $189)