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The quintessential insulation piece for stop-and-start pursuits in cold weather, the First Light is a stretchy, highly breathable layer built with PrimaLoft® Silver Insulation Active. READ MORE
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The quintessential insulation piece for stop-and-start pursuits in cold weather, the First Light is a stretchy, highly breathable layer built with PrimaLoft® Silver Insulation Active. Learn More


From routine ski tours to serious alpine routes, the First Light Jacket is the ultimate in lightweight, highly breathable insulation that eliminates the need for constant layering changes. The First Light’s baffled construction features migration-resistant PrimaLoft® Silver Insulation Active that not only insulates, but it breathes efficiently during even the most intense aerobic outputs. Combined with a woven mesh lining and weather-resistant Schoeller® shell fabric, the First Light will be the most versatile layer in your kit. The jacket also stows inside its chest pocket and attaches to your harness with an integrated carabiner clip loop.

  • Migration-resistant PrimaLoft® Silver Insulation Active
  • Lightweight stretch fabric
  • Underarm gussets for added range of motion
  • NanoSphere® Technology repels water, dirt and oil
  • Baffled construction
  • Low-profile, single-adjust hem
  • Stows in chest pocket with internal carabiner clip loop
  • Minimalist elastic cuffs
  • Two concealed zip hand pockets and one internal stretch mesh pocket
  • Primary fabric is bluesign® approved
  • Fit: Regular
  • Size: S-XL

Tech Specs

Materials :   [Shell] Schoeller® stretch-woven nylon with NanoSphere® Technology (80 gsm, 93% nylon, 7% elastane)
[Insulation] PrimaLoft® Silver Insulation Active (60 gsm, 100% polyester]
[Lining] nylon woven mesh (65 gsm, 100% nylon)
Weight :   470 g (16.6 oz)
Country of Origin :   China
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We trust what we make because we use what we make. If for any reason, you’re not 100% satisfied with your Black Diamond apparel, we’ll repair, replace or refund it. No charge. No fine print. No debate. Guaranteed.

First Light Jacket is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 14.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Extremely solid jacket I've had this jacket for two weeks and have worn it every day. It is stylish and has a comfortable slim fit when sized correctly. I've used it as a mid layer for downhill skiing (had me too warm by midday) and as an outer layer in moderate snow while cross country skiing. Despite the snow and my sweat saturating this jacket, I never got cold or too warm with only a smartwool crew under it in 20 degree weather. This jacket is highly breathable, more affordable than other synthetics of similar quality, and will continue to be a workhorse for me. I can't wait to see what other abuse I can put it through
Date published: 2019-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Warmer than it looks! I bought this prior to a ski trip where I knew temps might be chilly. Liked color and justified lack of hood with intention of wearing under a hooded shell. Fit great, loved color, perfect for Nordic skiing with only a T-shirt underneath and alpine skiing in single digits with t-shirt, base, and shell. Pockets (inside and out) fine for me. (also appreciated online and phone support with my selection).
Date published: 2019-01-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Warm, breathable, slightly too big Reference the review title, overall a high quality product, less expensive than equivalent products of different brands
Date published: 2018-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great jacket I use this as an insulating layer between my R1 hoody and soft shell as well as an outer it’s above 30. Great jacket. Replaced a down that we loosing it’s down. Several compliments. Cut is great though bit snug in the biceps
Date published: 2018-12-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favorite jacket This jacket is exceptional. Well made with great breathability. As for warmth, I can wear just a T shirt under it down into the 30’s. Very water resistant. Worth every penny
Date published: 2018-11-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Breathable and stylish I bought the first light jacket three weeks ago and it's been put to good use since. The jacket has kept me warm, over a base layer, without overheating. It's sleek styling has gained me many compliments these past few weeks.
Date published: 2018-11-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It does not stretch! The jacket is advertised as "stretchy", but there is a catch. Yes, an outer layer does stretch a little, but a liner does not stretch at all. I wear all clothes in medium size and this jacket was tight in shoulders. Overall it seems decently warm.
Date published: 2018-11-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent mountain and casual wear Was looking for multi-purpose insulated jacket and this hit the jackpot. While the insulation is bit on the lighter side vs goose down, with a solid windbreaker and couple wool layers, it does the trick. Was at Stowe this past weekend in zero degree weather and with that set of layers, stayed warm enough to only head in for lunch break. For casual street wear, it looks great, I would say it runs a touch long (I'm 5'11" / 190 and bought a large). If you don't mind layering up, its hold up in cold weather, otherwise, I'd recommend goose down in temps below 25-30. I watched my son's lax game last nite in 32 degree weather and was bit chilly, however that is standing still and with only one long sleeve shirt underneath. All in all, a solid, practical and stylish jacket.
Date published: 2018-03-22
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