I’ve been wearing the Black Diamond First Light Hoody for a few weeks now off and on depending on the weather. As most of you know Black Diamond makes some quality gear and clothing for those living an outdoor lifestyle. The Black Diamond name is quite popular among those that rock climb, rappel, ski and snowboard. They are at the top of the food chain for their industry. I also know of several shooters that swear by Black Diamond and use it for shooting in cold weather and other less than ideal weather conditions. Because of their reputation in the outdoor and shooting industry I had to give them a try. Enter the Black Diamond First Light Hoody.

This jacket is a no frills, simple yet durable piece of clothing. The jacket does have somewhat of an athletic fit to it which I really like. That translates into less bulk making it more streamlined for rock climbing or running and gunning on the range. I recently had it outdoors during a cooler fall day. The air temperature was hovering around 40 with sporadic rain and 20 mph wind gusts. The First Light Hoody kept me protected from the elements and warm.

Colors Available: Denim, Smoke and Rust

Sizes Available: S-XL (Athletic fit)

Weight: 1 pound 2 ounces

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Material: Migration-resistant PrimaLoft® Silver Insulation Active and Lightweight Schoeller® face fabric. Nanosphere® Technology repels water, dirt and oil.

MSRP: $249.00 direct from Black Diamond

Unique Features: Climbing-helmet-compatible hood, Stows in internal chest pocket with carabiner clip loop, Two concealed-zip hand pockets and low-profile, single-adjust hem.

Black Diamond First Light Hoody | First Impressions
Climbing-helmet-compatible hood

Application: From first tracks to first ascents, the First Light Hoody is the quintessential start-stop piece, a layer that breathes and moves on alpine approaches, banger skin laps and everything in between.

Black Diamond First Light Hoody | First Impressions

Bottom Line/Overall Performance: Like I said at the beginning the First Light Hoody kept me protected from the cold, light rain and 20 mph wind gusts. I’m going to continue to wear it through the fall and into early winter. I will give an update of how this jacket performs and how cold I can take it down to and still be comfortable. Stay tuned…

This article courtesy of Scott Witner of loadoutroom.com