Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Enlightened Equipment Torrid Jacket Review

Article by Markus Zinkl

Enlightened Equipment Torrid Jacket ($200)


Enlightened Equipment, founded by Tim Marshall in 2007, has emerged as a prominent player in the ultralight backpacking cottage industry. What began as a solitary pursuit of crafting quilts in a basement has blossomed into a thriving enterprise with over 50 employees operating out of a spacious facility in Winona, Minnesota. With a focus on customization and handcrafted quality, Enlightened Equipment has garnered a reputation for excellence in producing quilts, clothing, accessories, and more. 

Committed to enhancing the outdoor experience, Enlightened Equipment continuously refines its products through a process of tinkering and innovation. From humble beginnings to its current stature, the brand remains dedicated to equipping adventurers with gear that withstands the rigors of exploration while embracing the spirit of the wilderness. In this review, we delve into one of their staple offerings: the Torrid insulation jacket, to explore its performance and functionality.

Torrid Jacket ($200.00)

Tech Specs

Official Weight: 8.29 oz / 235 g (Size: S)

Sample Weight: 7.97 oz / 226 g (Size: S)


Main fabric: Black 10D/Charcoal 10D          

Filling: 2oz/yd² CLIMASHIELD™ APEX insulation

Available Options

Sizing: S, M, L, XL and XXL


  • Black 10D/Charcoal 10D

  • Forest 10D/Charcoal 10D

  • Graphite 7D/Salmon 7D


The Torrid insulation jacket offers a blend of functionality and comfort tailored for outdoor enthusiasts. I tested the Black and Charcoal version with lightweight 10D nylon fabric. It is also available in 10D nylon Forest Green, Charcoal or an even lighter 7D Graphite/Salomon fabric. In addition to the standard models there is also customization available. 

The options are:

  • More sizing options (XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL)

  • Hood or Collar

  • Standard or Tall Torso Length

  • More inside and outside fabrics and colors (7D, 10D and 20D)

The inclusion of a cinchable, shock cord adjustable insulated hood ensures versatile protection against the elements.

Designed with raglan style sleeves, which are characterized by extending in one piece fully to the collar, leaving a diagonal seam from underarm to collarbone, the Torrid jacket prioritizes comfort and enhanced range of motion, ideal for active pursuits in the wilderness. 

Zippered insulated handwarmer pockets, coupled with shock cord waist adjustment within the pocket, provide convenient storage options while allowing for a customizable fit.

Equipped with elastic wrist closures, this jacket effectively seals out drafts, ensuring warmth and comfort in challenging conditions. The use of 2oz/yd² CLIMASHIELD™ APEX insulation offers superior performance compared to down in wet and humid environments. Notably, this insulation dries quickly, packs small, and is easy to clean, making it a reliable choice for outdoor adventures year-round.

Sizing and Fit

Being 6 ft / 183cm  tall with a chest circumference of 37 /94 cm inches, I went with size S. The fit is true-to the sizing chart and still gives room to layer underneath the jacket. The overall fit is more boxy than  body shaped.

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In terms of warmth, the Torrid exceeded my expectations, offering exceptional insulation for its weight. I found it to be perfect for moments of rest or at camp. However, during periods of continuous movement, I did find it to be a tad too warm, prompting me to shed layers to avoid overheating.

During backpacking trips, especially in three-season conditions, the Torrid truly shines. With the right layering strategy, such as pairing it with a fishnet baselayer and fleece midlayer, it is even usable in winter. Its ability to retain warmth in the insulated pockets was a welcome addition, although it is worthy to mention that it is not hip-belt compatible. Since I rarely use a hip-belt this wasn’t an issue for me. It does not pack down quite as small as a down jacket, however it still is small enough to always bring it as a warmth layer. 

While it may not win any fashion awards, the Torrid's functionality more than makes up for any lack of style. The raglan style sleeves provided ample freedom of movement, accommodating layers without restriction. I appreciated the snug cuffs and shock cord waist adjustment, which effectively sealed out drafts, ensuring I stayed warm and comfortable in changing conditions.

Maintenance-wise, the Torrid proved to be hassle-free. Unlike traditional down jackets, it's easily washable in a washing machine without the need for special treatment in the dryer.


Overall, the Torrid insulation jacket's practicality and performance make it a staple in my outdoor gear arsenal. Its lightweight design and thoughtful features cater perfectly to my ultralight backpacking needs, allowing me to focus on the journey ahead without worrying about staying warm and comfortable.

Available at here Enlightened Equipment 

The products that are the basis of this test were provided to us free of charge by Enlightened Equipment. The opinions presented are our own.

Tester Profile

Markus Zinkl: I’m 34 years old and live in a small village in Bavaria, Germany. I started hiking and backpacking 5-6 years ago. Coming from trail running and with light and fast in mind, I started hiking and fast packing with ultralight gear. Over the years I tried and tested a lot of gear, always in search of weight savings. Although still trying to stay out of the ultralight rabbit hole. I spend most of my days off from work on the trail, with at least one 2-3 week thru-hike. Among the more well known trails I have hiked over the last few years are the GR221, WHR (Walker’s Haute Route), TMB (Tour du Mont Blanc), TC (Tour du Cervin-Matterhorn) and Via Alpina Switzerland. As you probably notice by now, I’m at home in the mountains. So if I’m not running or thru-hiking a longer trail, I’m probably somewhere in the Alps checking out some shorter trails.

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CF said...

Servus Markus,
danke für den ausführlichen Bericht. Wie sieht es mit der Abriebfestigkeit des 10d Aussenmaterials aus? Einerseits in Bezug auf Rucksackriemen und Hüftgurt, andererseits in Bezug auf Latschen- und Felskontakt?

Danke und viele Grüße

Markus said...

Hi Carsten,

vorab muss ich sagen, dass ich die Jacke nicht viel mit Rucksack genutzt habe. Da sie mir zu warm war, habe ich sie hauptsächlich während Pausen oder im Camp genutzt. Ich habe sie maximal für die ersten 1-2 Stunden bei wirklich kühlen Morgen verwendet. Dafür sieht das Außenmaterial noch wie neu aus und ich kann keine wirkliche Abnutzung sehen. Latschen- und Felskontakt habe ich besonders gemieden. Dazu noch zu sagen das mein maximales Rucksackgewicht ~9-10kg war.