awards : Best Women's Insulated Jacket Winners announced for 2013 by OutdoorGearLab.com

Best Women's Synthetic Insulated Jacket Awards Released by OutdoorGearLab.com for Editor's Choice, Top Pick and Best Buy awards.

Oct. 18, 2013 - CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- CHEYENNE, WY— As an update to their previous review, OutdoorGearLab.com revealed the results of the 2013 Editors’ Choice Awards for Women's Insulated Jackets. After extensive field testing in the Colorado Front Range, Yosemite Valley, and other locations around the world, the top 13 jackets available were scored on comfort, compressibility, warmth, durability, water resistance, and style. Suggestions are made for the best jackets for different applications.

Read the review in its entirety here:



The winners are:

Rab Xenon X Hoodie:


winner of our Editor's Choice award. Gear Editor Amanda Fenn states, "The competition for the Editor's Choice winner was fierce, but out of more than a dozen synthetic insulated jackets, the Rab Xenon X Hoodie, which was recently released in fall 2013, took home the top prize. A technical jacket that still looks flattering enough to wear around town, it packs down into its chest pocket, and is warmer than other thin quilted models."

Columbia Kaleidaslope II:


winner of the Best Buy award for 2013. This award is bestowed upon a product that earns an extremely high score in our performance tests and is found at a reasonable price. Amanda Fenn gushes, " With its sassy faux fur-lined collar, attractive fabric paneling on the torso, and super flattering fit, it's hard not to love the Columbia Kaleidaslope II. It's warm, has fleece lined pockets, AND elastic thumb loops that keep your hands toasty. Plus…it's only $140, making it one of the most affordable jackets in this review…hello, Best Buy Award winner!"

Mountain Hardwear Thermostatic Jacket:


winner of the Top Pick award for a technical jacket that retains cozy and attractive features. This award is given to a product that excels at a specific application. According to Amanda Fenn, "We tested a brand new version of this jacket, released fall 2013. We thought this thin, lightweight jacket performed well during big adventures, but still looked great; it's on the lighter end of the weight spectrum and packs down to the size of a one-liter water bottle. Our only wish is that this piece had a gear loop so that we could clip it to a harness or backpack."

OutdoorGearLab LLC is a company headquartered in Cheyenne, Wyoming dedicated to creating world’s best outdoor gear reviews. The company’s website, is a free resource for people who love the outdoors and participate in activities such as hiking, climbing, backpacking, and camping. The company performs side-by-side testing of outdoor gear and publishes the results in comparative reviews. Each product is scored across a range of weighted categories, competing products are ranked, and awards are provide to top performing products.

Media Contact: Chris McNamara - 307.509.0188 - outdoorgearlabpr@gmail.com

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