The first thing you’ll notice about this winter featherweight is that’s no  scratchy wool cardigan like your granny would wear. Not this sweater.

Eddie Bauer’s new First Ascent Downlight® Sweater is cozy to the core, indoors or out. As autumn turns to winter in the mountains of southern New Mexico, I wear it on the trails, enjoying an early morning cuppa on the deck, or seated at my computer. Made from water-repellent, ripstop fabric and 800 fill northern European goose down, it’s ultra light, ultra warm, ultra cozy and better still, designed to fit my curves.

Favorite Feature: I love the buttery feel of the felt-lined front pockets. And the nicely concealed interior pocket is sized just right for walking around money and ID.

Not-so-favorite Feature: Mine sheds little white goose feathers. I quit wearing it with black shirts or sweaters. Boo Hoo.

Bottom Line: Weighs nothing; packs into its own pocket; machine washable; roomy enough to layer underneath; great fit. I’m a fan!

Available in men’s and women’s sizing at www.EddieBauer.com as well as the Adventure Traveler section of the Travel Store at EllenBarone.com powered by Amazon.

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Ellen Barone has been creating words and images for travel and tourism since 1998. She co-founded and publishes the group travel blog YourLifeIsATrip.com and is currently at work on her first book "I Could Live Here".