Let’s just get something out of the way: I’m Jillian. I have an addiction to puffy jackets, vests, sleeping bags, and all things warm. I know it’s a problem. So when Eastern Mountain Sports sent me their Artemis vest a few weeks ago for testing and review – I was psyched to get to work.
After a few weeks of testing the Artemis, I have to say my initial impressions of the jacket are still holding true. It’s a well designed, lightweight, and seriously durable design. I’ve worn it all over the place and it’s handling my “tests” well.
So let’s get into the details.
The Artemis vest is designed with a true classic cut which means it isn’t tapered in for a close fit. I normally stay away from designs like this due to concern over warmth being let out, but that’s not a concern on this vest. EMS did wearers a huge favor and included a sturdy hem cinch cord around the bottom to ensure that warmth stays where you want it! Over the several weeks of testing, I haven’t had to re-tighten the cord once!
EMS opted for a super light ripstop nylon shell (available in a neon yellow and a subtle navy) with PrimaLoft One insulation. I’m loving these material choices for 2 reasons. First off, it’s durable. I don’t know if I’m just clumsy or accident prone, but the vest has held up awesome to falls, tree branches, sliding down rocks, and my malamute puppy.
Second – while I am totally addicted to puffy outdoor wear, I’ve also always been a skeptic about vests. All my other vests do a terrible job of keeping me truly warm, so they’re generally relegated to an extra internal layer or a fashionable outer layer. However, the Artemis is very functional on its own. It’s kept me very warm on a few cold hiking days and even did the job when wet from getting caught in rain. It’s also great paired with other layers, so I’m excited to put it to use this winter while snowboarding.
What else is there to love about this vest? The neon yellow is seriously ideal for visibility and that’s crucial this time of year thanks to hunting season. When I’m wearing this vest, it is entirely impossible to miss me and I consider that a great feature. No more of this brown and black outdoor gear. Bring on the neons!
Another two features I’m enthralled with are the fleece lined neck and pockets. While they may seem like small and insignificant features, they’re keeping me warm and comfortable. I have other vests without fleece, and they’re now making their way to the back of the gear closet.
All in all, totally solid design and definitely a go-to piece of gear now for cold outdoor activities and everyday use. Be sure to check it out on EMS’ website or swing into your local EMS.
This product was provided to me by Eastern Mountain Sports for review. All opinions are my own though!