Sliding Scale: Insulated Vests

Welcome to the second installment of Sliding Scale, a series in which we bring you a single product for every budget. This month we’re rounding up insulated vests. Thin enough to wear under a jacket, but handsome enough to wear on their own, these lightweight layers provide warmth without bulk. Click-thru for nine of the season’s best responsibly-made options.

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Seven Questions: ISAORA

ISAORA co-founders Ricky Hendy and Marc Daniels want to make active apparel better. In every way they can. That means better construction; their clothes are manufactured by top-tier facilities in the US, Europe and Asia. Better materials; they’re made using some of the most technically advanced fabrics on the market today. Better designs; the pieces are forward thinking yet totally wearable and great fitting. They’ve even made prices better by cutting out the middleman and selling direct to customers. Did I say “want to”? I meant are making active apparel better.
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Seven Questions: Outdoor Voices

There isn’t much you can’t do in Outdoor Voices. Designed to be “as versatile as you are,” the NYC-based label’s recreation-ready pants, shorts, tees and jackets combine state of the art performance fabrics with a clean, minimalist aesthetic, so they’ll keep you looking and feeling good whether you’re breaking a sweat on the running trail, or lounging on a lazy sunday. OV’s clothes are also tough as nails (proudly made in Los Angeles) and fit great (see every photo in this post). Add all that up, and you’ve got yourself some seriously solid gear, no matter how active – or inactive – your lifestyle may be.

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Sliding Scale: American-Made Work Gloves

Welcome to the first installment of Sliding Scale, a new series in which we’ll be bringing you a single product for every budget. We’ve decided to kick things off with American-made work gloves, as we recently received an email from a reader who was looking for “a nice pair of yellow / tan insulated work gloves for cold-ass winters.” If you’ve got a product you’d like to see included, shoot us an email and we’ll see what we can turn up. Read more »