“A hardshell jacket is one of the most challenging pieces of apparel to get right due to the need to combine rugged utility and comfortable fit whilst accommodating the growing desire for impeccable style in the great outdoors, but Nike has managed to achieve just this with the ACG ‘Misery Ridge’ jacket.
Taking its name from the gobsmackingly gorgeous but undeniably intimidating Misery Ridge trail of Oregon, the Nike ACG ‘Misery Ridge’ is a hardshell jacket that somehow manages to be perfectly waterproof and reliably breathable thanks to the use of Gore-Tex material, whilst still being durable enough to handle treacherous conditions, all in a package that feels neither overbearing nor gimmicky in its features. Customizable comfort in a range of weather conditions is made possible with features such as lengthy underarm zippers that allow you to dump excess heat without having to take the jacket off.
What’s more, in keeping with the Earth-respecting ideals of the ACG line, this jacket also pays homage to the planet by making use of 100 percent recycled polyester in the face and back of the jacket. Whereas many pieces of outdoor gear feature little snippets of sustainable fabric, the ‘Misery Ridge’ places its eco-friendly credentials front and center, building the jacket around sustainability rather than relegating it to a sideshow.”
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In the ACG spirit, a jacket needs to help protect the wearer in varying conditions, but do so in a form that considers environmental footprint. The Misery Ridge Jacket applies 100 percent recycled lightweight polyester to two critical areas of the piece: the face and the back. The outdoors are its own performance arena, and sustainability shouldn’t hinder what’s required in the thick of the setting, or be relegated to only minor portions of the jacket.