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Moonstone Lucid Jacket : On Cloud 9

I've never had a down jacket before because I'm allergic to down. But when I found Moonstone's foxy new Lucid down jacket, I threw caution to the wind and got one. Then I ran out an got an asthma inhaler. (Not really, I haven't had a problem at all!)

This sweet, fluffy jacket is the warmest jacket I've ever worn, yet, unlike so many down coats, it's very thin and compact (read: I don't look like the Michelin Man). In fact, it comes with a tiny stuff sack so I can wad it up into a ball the size of an orange and take it with me everywhere I go. It's ideal as an insulating layer and as a top layer for cold, dry weather. The fact that it's packable means I take it hiking and camping--it's a perfect campsite cover-up.

I first used my Lucid jacket on an early fall camping trip, when the days were still warm, but the nights were darn chilly. As our camp fire was dindling to an end, my friend and I decided to go for a moonlit hike to the beach. The breeze from the water was cold, but I was toasty warm. Back in my tent (with my Moonstone sleeping bag), I didn't want to take off my jacket so I slept with it on (not that I needed to--my bag was plenty warm--I just couldn't come up with a good reason to take it off).

Lately, I've been wearing my Lucid jacket around town on brisk, windy days with only a t-shirt underneath it. At a recent yoga retreat, my fellow yogis were complaining about the bitter cold as we walked several blocks to lunch. I just smiled and said, "Whatever to do mean? I feel perfectly toasty!"

I still can't believe how light and how warm my jacket is. The jacket just floats/hovers above the surface of my skin--as if I'm wearing a jacket made out of ...FEATHERS! I'm tall and weak, so I always dread bulky winter layers because they're so heavy. When I wear my Lucid jacket, I don't have to use any muscles!!

Have I mentioned how super fasionable this jacket is? In the past two weeks, I think at least ten people have approached me to ask about my stunning jacket. I'm only too happy to talk about it.

Bottom Line: Whether you're looking for a camp jacket, an insulating layer for climbing or backpacking, or just a super warm urban fox jacket, the Lucid is for you. Hurry before they sell out. Available in 6 lush colors and in men's sizes.--E.D. (Dec '05)

Price: $160

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