For connoisseurs of apparel and “sommeliers of the seam,” layering is often considered the most important aspect of a successful kit. Balancing warmth, breathability and ease of movement, a good midlayer offers versatility in the mountains and that’s exactly what Eddie Bauer’s Sandstone Backbone Grid Hoodie brings to the table.
The piece is part of Eddie Bauer’s First Ascent series, an expedition-focused lineup designed in close collaboration with mountain guides. For backcountry travelers and ski mountaineers, it provides a well-built and mobile solution to high-alpine layering that hugs tight against the body with an “active fit,” so to say. It’s comprised of 91 percent polyester with 9 percent elastane for excellent freedom of movement, a key detail for stretching out an arm for that next pole plant or reaching overhead to lock an ice tool in place.
The name is derived from the gridded fleece that lines the jacket and retains heat while remaining super lightweight and breathable. The hooded design keeps the elements at bay when high wind or severe weather scenarios bear down on you. And when you’re wearing it as a stand-alone, the outer fabric will effectively repel water and snow-soaking thanks to StormRepel DWR treatment.
All in all, this piece from Eddie Bauer is made specifically for highly active skiers and big-mountain explorers who demand layering that checks every box. This hooded zip-up does exactly that: providing warmth and breathability, just enough waterproofing and a two-way stretch polyester/spandex build for maximum mobility when you need it most.