Sleeves? Where we're going we don't need sleeves. The Black Diamond Access Hybrid Vest gives you all the major advantages of an insulating layer at a fraction of the weight. With its PrimaLoft synthetic insulation and StretchWoven stretchy side panels, it tackles the job of keeping your core warm without hindering mobility. A big warm hug. It'll feel like you're wearing a hug. A hug with pockets. The Access Hybrid Vest is stylish and versatile enough to wear on its own, but shines as a layering piece for a streamlined cold-weather outerwear system.
Blue sky hikes or white-out descents, over a tee-shirt or under a jacket, the Black Diamond Men's Access Hybrid Vest is a go-anywhere core-warmer ready for anything. The ultralight Pertex nylon shell with DWR can take on rugged rock faces and resist light rain. Schoeller stretch-woven side panels repel water, dirt, and oil without hindering mobility. Super-compressible PrimaLoft One insulation provides crucial core heat and compresses down to a stashable size. At only 10.2 ounces, the Black Diamond Access vest won't weigh down your pack or your core on your next adventure. Zippered and drop-in pockets can hold and organize everything from ski gloves to carabiners.
Fiber Content: Body: 100% nylon; Side Panels: 91% nylon, 9% elastane.
Country of Origin: Imported
|Body:||20D Pertex nylon ripstop shell fabric with DWR (durable water repellent) finish provides wind, water, and abrasion resistance|
|Clothing Fit:||Regular Fit|
|Fill Weight:||60 g/m|
|Great for:||Alpine, Ice Climbing, Ski Mountaineering, Touring, and Climbing|
|Insulation:||PrimaLoft One, 60 g|
|Material:||Main: Pertex Shell 20d; Side Panels: 91% Nylon, 9% Elastane|
|Pockets:||Zippered chest pocket, two zippered hand pockets, two internal drop pockets|
|Stretch side panels:||Durable Schoeller stretch-woven nylon for breathability and mobility; NanoSphere finish repels water, dirt, and oil|
|Weight:||10.23 oz. (290 g)|
|Black Diamond Access Hybrid Jacket||$109.50 - $219.00|
|Black Diamond Access Hoody||$161.99 - $249.00|
|Black Diamond Access Hybrid LT Hoody||$188.95 - $189.00|
I think this vest missed the mark for the alpine climbing vest it is market as. The zippers are heavy and there's too many pockets to really be minimalist. By dropping all but the internal pockets (for skins, camera etc.) BD could lower the weight down without compromising warmth. I also feel like it runs a little large for layering (it doesn't fit well under the BD Dawn Patrol LT). Despite this however it does it's job, packs well and has held up to a fair amount of abuse while ice climbing.
There nothing groundbreaking here, just a functional, warm PrimaLoft vest. The trim fit and BD styling is nice and shows a little more alpine/climbing/backcountry attitude than other brands.