Recent Comments

Which Lightweight Jacket is Best?

Q. What kind of jacket do you recommend for a spring trip to Philmont? If possible, I need it to be lightweight and around $100.
— Kate, Akron, Ohio

A. Philmont recommends packing a fleece jacket designed to block the wind and keep you warm on cool nights. Fleece is lightweight, and it’s a good match for your “around $100” requirement.

Tooth of Time Traders (the official store of Philmont Scout Ranch) sells a great one: The Mountain Hardwear Microchill 2.0 ($85). It’s lightweight, moisture-wicking and features two zippered security pockets.


Ask the Gear Guy

Not sure which gear to buy? Need tips for maintaining your equipment? Click here to send in your questions for the Gear Guy. Selected questions will be answered here and in the printed magazine.

1 Comment on Which Lightweight Jacket is Best?

  1. Been at philmont in June with it having snowed the day before and with it hotter than blazes in my nine trips. You cannot plan for all the variables. Bring yourself a wool sweater for under that fleece in case and Lear just how warm you can be wearing minimal weather gear.

Leave a Reply

Please do not use your real name.