Layers are lovely not just in cakes, although vanilla cake tiers intermixed with dark chocolate buttercream and salted caramel frosting is damn hard to be beat. Yet the Patagonia Women’s Down Sweater Vest comes awfully damn close. This lightweight, compressible vest received a makeover for 2014 to flatter your figure, to slide easily beneath your weatherproof snow shell or climbing jacket, and to keep your eco conscience happy. Given how squishy this little vest is, you can cram it into a cranny in your bag for guaranteed core warmth whether you’re backpacking at altitude or traveling to Canada for the holidays.Ripstop rocks and 100% recycled ripstop is even better. The eco-friendly fabric resists pulls and scratches for long-wearing durability. The DWR finish turns moisture into liquid roller balls that fall off your vest instead of lying around and sinking in. The 800-fill Traceable Down uses feathers from geese that have been humanely treated. Two hand pockets give your weary paws a warm place to rest. Whether you’re layering up to survive a brutally cold commute or getting ready to enjoy some fresh spring corn, this sleek and slim vest should be a part of your ultimate ensemble.