The Most Important New Products From Outdoor Retailer 2017, Ranked

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18. Montane Icarus

18. Montane Icarus

Synthetic insulation is a big story this year: Patagonia has a new version, as does down-maker Allied. But Montane is the first to roll out Primaloft’s new ThermoPlume. It's a loose-fill synthetic that’s structurally so similar to natural down that manufacturers can blow it into their puffy baffles using the same manufacturing equipment that they’ve traditionally used to make actual down jackets. The 15-ounce jacket is the equivalent of a highly packable, 550-down midlayer. The line between natural and man-made insulation grows thinner every day. [$199;]

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