Cloud Mine

By The Editors
January 9, 2013 9:00 am

Among the world’s great oxymorons — jumbo shrimp, genuine imitation leather, etc. — the phrase “functionally stylish” is typically reserved for something that gets the job done, but hideously.

Sorry, Teva. Sorry, Pau Gasol.

The exception to that rule: the Cloud Mountain Jacket from LA-based Aether Apparel.

Aether Cloud Mountain JacketThis is the functional-yet-stylish jacket you should be wearing this season.

Sophisticated enough for screenings, tough enough for heli-jumping. Or at least ski lift riding.

To keep you toasty, the Cloud Mountain is lined with 170 grams (not even a third of a pound) of PrimaLoft insulation — basically, bionic sheep wool. The two-layered shell wicks sweat while protecting you from the elements.

And it compacts neatly, saving you space so you don’t have to check a bag.

In the pockets: handwarmers. And there’s an insulated collar so you don’t need a scarf. Plus a third pocket for your cell.

Form, meet function.

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