The lightweight, packable Abisko Padded Vest from Fjällräven has recently become an essential companion on my adventures. Lightly padded and crafted from a pliant polyester fabric, this vest offers a level of warmth and comfort that is exactly what I'm looking for in a technical or casual vest. Among other features, the two-way zipper proves this vest is more than just a fashion statement. It’s a real piece of gear I can count on when I need it. Whether I'm out on a chilly evening or trekking at high altitudes, the vest provides an extra layer of warmth that can make all the difference. It takes up minimal space in my pack and is a smart, insulating garment that adds a layer of versatility to my outdoor wardrobe. $170; fjallraven.com.