The Sherpa Adventure Gear Ananta Jacket has quickly become one of those pieces that I struggle to get in the washing machine, because I’m wearing it every day. I like to have diversity in my gear, and this is one of those jackets that you’ll be wearing all the time, whether you’re high in the alpine or just going out for a drink on the town.
This jacket is made from Polartec Thermal Pro, which is durable, quick drying, comfortable, and perhaps most importantly, it’s warm. This material has a pretty tight weave, which provides surprisingly great wind protection for a fleece. I would give it average breathability during high output activities. I also really appreciate that Polartec uses a minimum of 50% recycled material on this jacket. It also has flat stitching, and they avoided putting seams in spots with a lot of friction, like on the shoulders.
I’m about 6′ tall, 155 lbs and I tested a medium. It was a perfect fit as an outerwear piece, but still has a slim profile for layering. It has a full zipper on the front, a chest pocket, and two hand warmer pockets.
The little details on each garment, like the prayer flag zipper pull and the endless knot logo on the back, serve as a constant reminder that these are products that are built by people that really care. If you’re wavering on purchasing this jacket, just check out all of the great work they have been doing—from employment to scholarships. I assure you that your dollar is going to benefit the wonderful people of Nepal. We’ve been testing Sherpa products for several years now, and I know one thing for sure—these are products that are designed and built by people that really use them.
Best used for: Hiking, camping, climbing, mountaineering, skiing, active lifestyle.